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Navigating the festive season burnout

Wellness Watch 13/12/23 Yanique Barnett-Brown

Explore common burnout experiences nurses face during the festive season and provide practical tips to avoid and overcome them.

The festive season, while joyous for many, can pose unique challenges for nurses who tirelessly dedicate themselves to patient care. In the midst of spreading holiday cheer, nurses often find themselves grappling with burnout. In this blog, we explore common burnout experiences nurses face during the festive season and provide practical tips to avoid and overcome them.

Increased Workload

As hospitals experience higher patient admissions and increased demand for healthcare services during the holidays, nurses often find themselves overwhelmed with an increased workload. The constant influx of patients and the urgency of their needs can contribute to physical and emotional exhaustion.


  • Prioritise self-care: Schedule short breaks to decompress and recharge.
  • Communicate with colleagues: Collaborate with your team to distribute tasks efficiently.
  • Set boundaries: Learn to say no when needed and prioritise tasks based on urgency.

Emotional Strain

The festive season can evoke a range of emotions, and nurses may find themselves dealing with patients facing difficult situations during what should be a joyous time. This emotional strain can take a toll on mental well-being.


  • Seek support: Talk to colleagues or a supervisor about your feelings.
  • Practice mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness exercises into your routine to manage stress.
  • Engage in positive activities: Find time for activities that bring you joy outside of work.

Limited Personal Time 

Nurses often work irregular hours, and the festive season can further limit their personal time. Missing out on holiday celebrations and quality time with loved ones can lead to feelings of isolation.


  • Plan in advance: Coordinate schedules with family and friends to maximise time together.
  • Celebrate when you can: Find moments to celebrate, even if it's not on the exact holiday date.
  • Create traditions at work: Foster a festive atmosphere among colleagues to make the workplace feel more like a community.

Financial Stress

While many people experience financial stress during the holidays, nurses may find it exacerbated due to long hours and potential additional expenses. This added pressure can contribute to burnout.


  • Budget wisely: Plan your holiday budget in advance to avoid overspending.
  • Explore cost-effective celebrations: Find affordable ways to celebrate with loved ones.
  • Seek financial support: If needed, consult financial resources available to healthcare professionals.


Navigating burnout during the festive season is a challenge, but with self-awareness and proactive measures, nurses can prioritise their well-being. By implementing these tips and fostering a supportive work environment, nurses can ensure a healthier and more enjoyable festive season for themselves and their patients.

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