Holiday’s are fantastic! They’re exciting, nostalgic and full of magic. Who doesn’t love seeing their little ones give thanks at the family dinner table or open gifts from Santa with whimsy in their eyes? Someone has to make all this magic happen and that can be incredibly stressful, especially for a busy mom. As we enter the holiday season with our family obligations and ever so many “to do” lists, we find ourselves searching for ways to manage the stresses that seem to overwhelm us.
There are many simple ways to de-stress during the holiday season. Here are 8 stress relieving tips for you.
Meditation can take as little as 5 minutes. A quick time-out to clear your head, letting go of all things negative and inviting in the positive can have a huge impact on your day and your psyche. Sparing a few minutes to pay attention to your breathing instead of your holiday budget can help to melt the stress away.
2. Focus on ONE Task at a Time
No matter how many tasks are on your to-do list, focus on checking one off at a time. Even if you are the queen of multi-tasking! You may find that you not only do things better, you do them quicker. One of the best feelings is checking an item off of a to-do list, and feeling good is a whole lot better than feeling stressed.
3. Don’t Skip your Workout
Now this doesn’t mean you have to spend hours at the gym. This can be as simple as taking a walk when things start piling up. Cue up a yoga video on YouTube or drop-in to a local fitness class, preferably one you can bring your kids to and avoid finding a sitter, such as Stroller Strides of Greater Denver.
Time may be limited during the holiday season, but with a little support, you can burn off some stress while burning off the “totally worth it” calories.
4. Get Organized
Have you ever noticed how much calmer you feel when undertaking a task in an organized setting? Create a clean space, prepare a schedule or layout a project and make lists! Taking steps towards organization will make holiday chores more enjoyable and less stressful.
5. Play with your Kids
Don’t just play with your kids, get on their level and try to experience the magic of the holidays with them. Even if you can only manage one activity a day, or even one a week, revel in all that is special about the season for children. Seeing it through the eyes of your kids will allow you to enjoy the holidays more. Joy > stress!
6. Plan a Date Night
Plan at least one date night with your partner during the holidays. Maybe you plan an entire day! Do some Christmas shopping, grab a bite to eat, see a movie and then maybe enjoy some cocktails. This might seem a daunting task, especially if you have to find a sitter, but just imagine how good it will feel to de-stress for a day!
7. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for and/or accept help. It doesn’t make you weak or selfish to accept a little help when it comes to managing the holidays. Whether it’s utilizing family for childcare or asking a friend to pick up the perfect gift for your spouse, just do it! People tend to be more generous around the holidays and there’s nothing wrong with letting them. You can of course return the favor when you get the chance.
8. Be Thankful
It never hurts to remember what you’re thankful for over the holidays. Reminding yourself just how lucky you are allows you appreciate what you have when you are stressing about what you don’t have. It’s a sure fire way to feel better about yourself and your circumstances.
The holidays are filled with joy and everyone should get a piece of it, even the overwhelmed, stressed out mama. These eight tips should help you reclaim your piece of the joy. Are you feeling a little less stressed yet?