The holidays are always so full - decorating the house, wrapping the presents, writing the cards, mailing the packages, baking, visiting... On top of everything else, because it's not like life just stops for December, is it?
It's easy to feel overwhelmed; in fact, you just might not be human if you don't. (And if you don't, I want to know your secret.)
It's cool to take a breather once in a while. Shut down the critique groups for a couple of weeks, let your manuscripts marinate for a few days while you get some housework done, just jot down some ideas for later, after the presents have been opened and the relatives have gone. The world won't end if you turn off the computer for a few days. You won't lose out on a contract by not checking your email every 5 minutes.
In the midst of the chaos, remember to breathe.
What are your tips for getting some down time during the holidays?