Memorial Day + How to Avoid Burnout

Written By: Jenna Radomski

Happy Memorial Day Weekend from the Moon Cycle Bakery team! We all love holiday weekends because they bring barbeques, family get-togethers, beach days, and time to relax.

Memorial Day is a special holiday to honor and remember the courageous men and women who have passed while actively serving the United States military.

John F. Kennedy put it beautifully by saying, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”

Here's to our troops — home and afar. Thank you so much for all you do to protect our country and our freedom.

While the festivities that often come along with holiday weekends are joyful, burnout often creeps into the picture. You know the feeling - overcommitted, stressed out, exhausted, and anxiously checking your never-ending to-do list.

As strong believers in self-care, we want to share our top three tips for avoiding burnout this long weekend (and let’s be real every weekend).

Learn to say no

Everyone is full of excitement thanks to their extra day of play time, which might result in invites to several barbeques, a pool day, a hike, and a night on the town. Woo, is anyone else tired just thinking about all of those activities?

Your first instinct might be to commit to all of these exciting invitations, but your body and your stress levels will thank you if you can learn to say no. Choose one or two events that seriously light you up and politely decline the others.

We owe it to ourselves to be fully present in how we spend our time rather than frantically running from one backyard party to the next.

Schedule downtime

On a similar note, find a way to schedule relaxation during the long weekend. They don’t come around often enough and they are the perfect opportunity to recharge!

Downtime can look different for everyone - maybe a luxurious bath, an afternoon nap, a sunset dinner, or maybe a deep-tissue massage.

Find what works best for you, but please prioritize your wants and needs so you can head back to work on Tuesday feeling refreshed - not like you need another vacation. 

Care for your body

This may seem like a given, but I can’t be the only one who has forgotten my sunscreen all weekend, had a bit too much to drink, or annihilated a bowl of Doritos at a barbeque while celebrating with friends. Having fun does not mean you have to forgo your usual healthy habits. I personally think it’s cool to lather on the SPF and drink plenty of water while also living it up.

A few of the most important things you can do to take care of your body: stay hydrated, get quality sleep, wear sun protection (break out the oversized hats!), and snack on fruits and veggies.

Follow these tips and you’ll be a beam of energy in a sea of sunburned and exhausted coworkers come Tuesday.

Devon Loftus