I have seen symptoms of ‘Endofyearitis’ all around me. People are crankier, anxious, snappy and tired! It always strikes at this time of year and there has not yet been a vaccine developed for prevention. It is frightening but there is no need for panic as it’s not life threatening, is short-lived, and eventually symptoms cease … until next time. Sadly, if you’ve had it once, you are prone to getting it again and again.
Here are some of the causes of ‘Endofyearitis’:
- A sudden ramping up of the thermostat so that we are suddenly thrust from winter through a brief tease of spring then catapulted swiftly into full-on sweltering hot humid days that will go on now until at least late April 2015. I kid you not!
- The realization that Christmas is upon us, and that we must become super human organized freaks of nature whilst melting from the heat and humidity and spend lots of money whilst we are at it!
- Often end of year birthdays are added to the mix and can cause a particularly bad case of ‘Endofyearitis’.
- If you have teenagers or university students there are exams and the narkiness that often comes along with them!
- If you’re lucky enough to have a Year 12 school leaver than you’re likely to have ‘schoolies’ to survive through.
- Also thrown in are the various Christmas party invites, end of school year obligations, and lastly ….
- for those with kids still at school, the knowledge that your children will be home with you on school holidays for at least 6 weeks!
… and there you have it – a good case of ‘Endofyearitis’. It’s nasty!
What can we do to treat ‘Endofyearitis’?
Review, Cull (Do) & Plan
1. Aircon and pools are your friends!! If you have neither – gravitate towards places where you will find them!
2. Say no to any parties you would only go to to please other people.
3. Simplify end of year birthday celebrations. Order in the birthday person’s favourite take away. Go out to dinner! Buy a cake! Whatever makes life easier!
4. Communicate with family members to consider options/solutions to minimize gift-buying expenses.
5. Share the load amongst family on Christmas Day!
6. Make a list of people you need to buy for and write gift options for each before you head off to shop (better yet – know exactly what you intend to buy them). Consider what you could order on-line in advance and when heading out to your shopping centre be sure to plan your outing to avoid any back tracking! The aim is to get in and out as quickly as possible! Oh and get there early so you can get a park!
7. Only go to those school events that your child is involved in and that are compulsory.
Engage Operation Mindset: Holiday Season
Make time to feel the holiday season vibe:
8. Take time to lie in the aircon and read a book.
9. Cool down with a swim in a pool.
10. Chill out by lying by a pool with a good book.
11. Drive the kids crazy by playing Christmas carols and singing along. This is fab for bringing forth the Christmas spirit!
12. If you haven’t got a holiday booked to look forward to, see if you can at least book a night or weekend away (it does wonders to escape all the endless jobs at home). If you’ve got young kids – find a place with a kids club!
13. Arrange a get together with good friends with whom you can relax and have a few vino’s with.
14. Give yourself permission for some sleep-in’s!
Mindfulness practice comes in very handy at this time of year!
15. Try and stay in the present and enjoy the moments!
16. Don’t let your mind dwell on the past like previous Christmas’s where there was family conflict or Aunty Flo didn’t get you a gift but you got her one etc.
17. Try not to freak out over all that needs to be done. Focus your attention on one day at a time!
Medical research has found that once Christmas Day has passed, the symptoms of Endofyearitis lessen quite considerably. Full recovery will be felt on the day all children return to school or University. Such a shame you were unwell while they were on holidays but such is the nature of this nasty illness.
How do you survive ‘Endofyearitis’? Anything extra to add?
Well then – I’m off to pop on a Bing Crosby Christmas carols CD and luckily all my young adult offspring are home to enjoy it with me! 😉
Ciao for now,