5 Family Tips to Combat Holiday Stress

As the holiday season sets in, it is easy for adults to find ourselves feeling overwhelmed. Below are 5 tips that can help relieve the pressure and enjoy the magic of the holiday season.

1. Keep your focus on meaningful moments

Remember that the holidays are about spreading joy and being with our loved ones. Don’t get caught up in holiday ideas on your pinterest board and expectations of others . If you’re spending too much money or feeling stressed, it’s time to take a step back. Decide which activities and traditions mean the most to you and focus on those.

2. Plan Ahead

Holiday to do lists are a yearly tradition; buy presents, decorate, cook, and visit loved ones. Be prepared and plan your holiday activities. Decorating and cooking can be progressive projects that you and your children can enjoy throughout the entire holiday season. When it comes to gifts, it’s the thought that counts. Have your children make meaningful crafts for your loved ones. Try planning ahead for these crafts to eliminate stress and hurry. Crafts made by children will be enjoyed year round. Be present in the moments so you will enjoy the time you have with those around you.

3. Combine meaningful traditions with keeping the kids busy

Adults often have a picture perfect holiday set in our minds. Remember that the holidays are about meaning and joy. Let the kids take control of some of your holiday to do list. Allow them to decorate the tree, set the table and do some baking in the kitchen. It will keep them busy and take those small tasks off your plate, which in turn, creates memories. Household chaos will be at a minimum, but your child will have confidence and memories to last forever.

4. Support the people around you

The traditions of the holidays are instilled in us as young children. Remind your children that the true meaning of the holidays is not about material gifts. Encourage your children to help with household chores and baking. Doing so will help everyone and create life long memories.

5. Do something for yourself

As parents, we are often giving so much of our time, money and energy to our family. Take some time this holiday season for yourself. Try something new in your community, volunteer to help a family in need or just enjoy a solo coffee break. No matter what you do, remember to focus on your blessings and know that all of the sacrifices you are making is something to be incredibly proud of.