‘Tis the Season, but what if you’re not feeling the joy?

Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert? Understanding your own personality and needs will help you determine how to best manage the holidays.
Introverts and extroverts are often used to categorize personality types. An introvert is a shy and reticent person, whereas an extrovert is an outgoing and overtly expressive person. This difference in personalities will likely affect how you interact with others.

With this in mind, if you’re an introvert, it means entertaining or going to holiday parties one after another might be a bit overwhelming for you. You may need to recognize your limits and space out your holiday obligations. After all, what is the season really about? Your friends and family will understand.

Tips for Introverts – How to avoid holiday burnout:
1. Respect your own need for space and down time. Tell yourself, “It’s okay that I need space.”
2. Plan ahead to give yourself “down time” in between personal obligations.
3. Prioritize when possible. Look ahead at your week and pick out what is most important for you to do.
4. Build in time for self-care. Remember to get enough sleep, eat well-balanced meals, drink enough water, and exercise.

As a working mother myself, I’m currently in full crunch mode until the holidays are over. It’s all about the kids and making it as magical as I can.
SLEEP? What’s that! I get it, but we really do need to take care of ourselves so we can enjoy the time with our families.
I encourage everyone to slow down, take some deep breaths, and take care of yourself too. I’ll do the same!

From all of us here at WBTC, have a very magical holiday season!
Jodi Murphy, LCSW