Take it from a mom of two toddlers, holiday stress is real, and the biggest holiday isn’t even here yet! Christmas can take a toll on any human, does not have to be a mom! How do people reduce holiday stress? Here are a few tips for you.
Mentally prepare yourself
Remember that others do things differently. Not everyone is able to follow your schedule, nor are you able to follow their schedule. You can let the schedule go for one day and have fun.
Mentally prepare yourself for your great aunt Gladice that will be pinching your children’s cheeks and tell you how to parent your kids. Just let her talk and let it go in one year then out the other. You can always vent to your significant other later on after the event.
The idea here is that when you remind yourself that it’s coming and you know what to expect then it will be easier to let it go. It is helpful to also remind the rest of the family so they can also mentally prepare.
A family is a team, and together if you are all prepared for what the holiday will throw at you then the end of the day will come easier with less stressed out parents and less upset kids.
Physically prepare yourself
We like organization and schedule in our house. This won’t happen during the holiday season because far too much is going on and there are way too many events to attend. This is a fact that needs to be accepted by all. What you can do is physically prepare yourself for the crazy days ahead.
Physically prepare yourself ahead of time. The week before Christmas, check off your gift list and wrap them. Have all of your essentials at home so you don’t need to worry about getting to the store to buy last-minute groceries or other household essentials.
It seems silly, but you will feel more at ease if you know you have milk for Santa in the fridge without even having to think about it on Christmas Eve when all stores are closed.
Physically preparing yourself also means sleep. Yes, sleep is hard to come by but if you find the time for it and get enough GOOD sleep then you will feel better and well-rested to tackle the days ahead.
To reduce holiday stress make sure you plan ahead of time knowing that by the end of the day, you will be exhausted both physically and mentally. Again, it is easier when you know what’s coming and what to expect.
Stop being so uptight
Seriously, it’s Christmas. It’s two days (for some it may be longer). Let the strict rules and schedules go for a bit. Yes, it’s easier to keep the schedule, believe me, because I’ll still try.
You’ll end up creating more stress for yourself if you really think that you can keep it all together and organized. Kids deserve to be kids and you should let them. Maybe even get some adult time that allows you to loosen up!
Everyone is so darn excited during the holidays and to reduce holiday stress, I truly believe that for a couple of days some rules can be broken and fun can be had by all.
Allow yourself to be joyful and spread joy to others
No one wants an angry elf during Christmas time. Relax, and be positive. Keep things simple. The more simple things are, the easier the entire holiday season will be for you.
A small simple gesture can go a long way to spread the joy of Christmas. It’s time to let go of the “perfectionism” and enjoy the moment and encourage others to enjoy it too. When happy humans are around other happy humans, it creates an enjoyable environment for everybody.
Take a minute
If this means taking a minute to step away from the chaos inside of the house, then so be it. Do that. Step away for a minute and remind yourself what the day is really about. Be patient, and be kind. If you let yourself take a break it will be easier to be those two things.
Don’t let others dictate how your holidays go. You do you and be honest with others. It’s okay to say no to some events so you are able to keep your sanity and your stress level down! Some times, you have to. You cannot make every single even this holiday season, make sure you get a break to take a minute.
If mama’s happy, then everyone is happy. So be happy, mama. Be joyful and let your family enjoy themselves this holiday season.