The holidays can be super stressful for you as a parent. You may be planning to host a holiday party at home, preparing to travel with your children, or just trying to balance your daily routine with more holiday activities.
Here are 3 ways you can effectively manage holiday stress and have more time for yourself and your family.
1. Set expectations
You need to set expectations for yourself during this holiday. Map out those activities that need to be done and reschedule others for next time. This holiday is not a time for you to try to carry everything, you just need to identify the most important tasks and take small steps to achieve them. Depending on your to-do list, this holiday is a time to engage in fun activities with your family.
2. Keep things in perspective
The holiday time is a short one. This will help you to have a broader context and a long-term perspective about your plans. So as a parent, ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that could happen this holiday?
You will be amazed that your greatest fears may not happen, and if they do, you can tap on your strengths, and with the help of others, you will handle them. Remember, there’s still time after the holiday season to do the things you didn’t have time to do. Knowing this will help you to be emotionally stable to do things per time.
3. Take care of yourself
You must pay attention to your own needs and feelings during this holiday season. Find fun, enjoyable, and relaxing activities to do on your own like swimming in the pool or at the beach, playing games, watching movies or even as simple as sleeping or cooking. This will help you feel better, well-rested and also help keep your body and mind healthy to handle the aftermath of the holidays. Your alone time is super important, and please don’t feel guilty for needing it.
Overall, managing and prioritizing your time and some family plus alone-time activities will help you de-stress, focus your time on important things that will give you that space and fresh air you need for this holiday.
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