Minimize Overwhelm During the Holiday Season

Ways to Minimize Overwhelm During the Holiday Season

In this episode, I’ll be talking about some simple strategies to minimize overwhelm during the holiday season.

This is a crucial topic, especially for us as SLPs who often face high expectations in both our professional and personal lives. Minimizing overwhelm during the holiday season is about finding balance and ensuring that our celebrations align with our values and capabilities.

One key aspect of minimizing overwhelm during the holiday season is adjusting our expectations. High expectations can create unnecessary stress, so it’s beneficial to reconsider what we truly want from the holiday season. Focusing on what matters most, like family, generosity, and creativity, can help in realigning our holiday plans.

Another strategy to minimize overwhelm during the holiday season is adopting the binary mindset. This approach, derived from Stephen Guise’s “How to Be an Imperfectionist,” simplifies tasks into a binary of done or not done. It helps to view any completion of a task as a success, regardless of perfection. This mindset can be particularly useful when managing holiday events and tasks.

Lastly, utilizing digital tools can significantly contribute to minimizing overwhelm during the holiday season. Digital alternatives for traditional tasks, like sending holiday cards or planning gifts, can save time and reduce stress. Embracing these tools allows us to focus more on the joy and connection that the holiday season brings.

These strategies are meant to support and guide you in making your holiday season more manageable and enjoyable, free from unnecessary stress and overwhelm. Remember, the most important part is to enjoy the season in a way that feels right for you.

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