Thriving, Not Just Surviving:
Executive Wellness During the Festive Season

The holiday season can be a stressful time for executives. The pressure to meet year-end goals, coupled with the demands of holiday events and family obligations, can lead to burnout. As a master practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and expert in behavioural change, I have developed several strategies to help executives avoid burnout during the holidays.

1. Prioritise Self-Care

Self-care is often the first thing to go when we’re busy, but it’s essential for avoiding burnout. Make sure to prioritise activities that help you relax and recharge. This could be anything from taking a walk, reading a book, meditating, or even just taking a few minutes to breathe deeply.

2. Set Realistic Expectations

It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to do everything during the holidays. However, it’s important to set realistic expectations for what you can accomplish. Remember, it’s okay to say no to some things in order to maintain your mental health.

3. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness, a core component of NLP, involves being fully present in the moment. This can help reduce stress and prevent burnout. Try to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, whether it’s during a meal, a meeting, or even while you’re commuting.

4. Delegate

As an executive, you’re used to taking on a lot of responsibility. But remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Delegating tasks can help reduce your workload (in and out of the office) and prevent burnout.

5. Take Time Off

Finally, don’t forget to take some time off. The holidays are a time for relaxation and rejuvenation, so make sure to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s a few days or a couple of weeks, taking time off can help you avoid burnout and start the new year refreshed and ready to go.

Remember, the key to avoiding burnout is balance. By prioritising self-care, setting realistic expectations, practising mindfulness, delegating tasks, and taking time off, you can enjoy the holidays without feeling overwhelmed. Happy holidays!