The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for the whole family. There are many things that can increase a child’s stress: parent’s stress, change of routine, family/strangers contact, missing meals, new environments.
Consider these tips to help you remain stress-free during the hectic holiday season.
· Evaluate and prioritize what really matters to you.
· Set limits and ask for help as needed.
· Be flexible. Focus on the joys of the holiday season.
· Plan a holiday budget and work to stay within it.
· Consider giving homemade gifts and focus on being in the moment
with those you love.
· Create new traditions. Life brings changes. Choose a few traditions
to hold onto and be open to creating new ones.
· Don’t abandon healthful habits. At the same time, allow yourself
to indulge a bit without judgement.
· Plan ahead. Procrastination is stressful.
· Don’t overschedule yourself. Allow some personal time to
enjoy peace and solitude. Say “no” to invitations you may regret.
· If you are a parent, recognize that children get very excited during
the holidays. Engaging in regular routines, as much as possible, can
help maintain balance.
· For some people the holiday season can leave one feeling depressed and anxious.
If you are having persistent problems with your daily routines, reach out for support and consider seeking mental health services.
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