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8 Tips for Preventing Holiday Burn Out


Just like Santa’s sleigh, you can only take so many white Christmas pot lucks, and decking the halls soirees before you start to feel a tad burnt out. Combine all of the celebrating and social obligations with family drama, mugs of egg nog (spiked, of course), late night wrapping sessions, mall trips, and credit card swipes and your holiday spirit can really start to drag.

While the holiday season can be described as “the most wonderful time of the year” for some—for others it can also be the most lonely, financially strapped, stressful, and depressing time of the year. Here are eight tips for preventing holiday burn out…

1. Get Your Daily D

Winter might be full of shiny ornaments, sparkling tinsel, and twinkling lights, however, it is also a prime season for SAD (or seasonal affective disorder) due to lack of physical activity and sunshine (or vitamin D).

While many are holly and jolly, if you suffer from SAD, you may feel depressed, exhausted, and just want to hibernate until springtime. However, hibernating inside with the blinds drawn will put you at risk for Vitamin D deficiency, which will exacerbate daytime fatigue and your winter blues.

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