It's ba-a-a-ck! The holiday season that is. It's waiting - right around the corner. And depending on how you look at things it could be a time of great anticipation and merry-making or, it could be a time of never-ending to-do-to-get lists, burnt turkey dinners and "spirited family discussions".
Sure! Maybe for some of us, this is a nostalgic period and we are reminded of our childhood memories of decorating trees at home, the sound of jingling bells, Christmas carols and the familiar scents of freshly brewed peppermint hot chocolate.
The reality for most of us however, is that Christmas is often seen as a time of high stress and anxiety. As much as we hate to admit it, a good many of us tend to do the “holiday last minute shopping dash”, cram in as many projects as we can at work before we take time off and we force ourselves to be unnecessarily obligated to attend some of those awkward holiday gatherings.
I wrote this article for Darou Wellness (it is in the editing process right now but will be live soon!) and wanted to post it here in my blog because it is an important reminder ( MOSTLY FOR MYSELF ) for all of us to unplug ourselves from our routines every so often. We seem to be floored in our lives and I'm finding that we are almost slaves to our routines and to our tech. Not to mention our grueling work schedules which have changed immensely not only in the last century but yet again and just within the last two generations!
It struck me a few weeks ago that almost everyone I knew in my social circle seemed to be talking about “burnout” and needing self care days but feeling unable to fit them into their weekly schedule. I have friends that juggle at least three different part-time jobs (I myself qualify as one of those working now in three different clinics across the GTA); some struggle with one full-time job but have the additional responsibility of children or e...