Pet sitting during the holidays can be tough. Working while your family and friends are spending time together relaxing and celebrating can be lonely, stressful, and even a bit depressing at times. There are some things you can do though to help make the day a little easier.
Don’t try to do everything
If your family has a big get together on Thanksgiving day, let yourself off the hook. Leave the cooking to someone else – even if you have to buy a cooked dinner. Let everyone know you’ll be working but that you’ll make time to stop and enjoy the feast. And, if dinner will be at your house, make sure there’s a cleanup crew! The last thing you’ll want to do is come home after a long day of pet sitting and clean up after everybody.
Have a friend ride along with you
This will help make the day a little more festive and it will stand out from a usual pet sitting day. You can even use the time to make plans for the rest of the holiday season. It’s important to remember that unless it’s cleared with your clients, you won’t want this person to come into any homes with you.
Schedule a post Thanksgiving Day Feast
To de-stress after the holiday, plan a meal with family and/or friends after your schedule slows down. There’s no law that says your Thanksgiving has to take place on Thursday! You might even want to plan to get together with other pet sitting business owners after the holiday. Make it at a restaurant so nobody has to do any work! Everyone will appreciate the relaxation and camaraderie.
Get a good night’s sleep
This is easier said than done, but take time to unwind a little bit before going to bed. Take a hot bath, drink some decaf tea, listen to some relaxing music, or do whatever it is that helps you relax. You’ll sleep better and wake up more rested for another busy day.
Be thankful that you have work
Sure, working on a holiday can suck, but you have work! Change your mindset about what you’re doing and be thankful for the work you have. The entire country has been going through some pretty tough times lately, and the fact that you’re working means you’re bringing in money. The sad fact is, there are many people who are still out of work – but you’re not one of them!
What to do you do to help make your holiday pet sitting a little easier? Please share your tips.