Christmas Eve is upon us here in the metro area and, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably frantically getting in those last minute errands that you’ve
been putting off forgotten about, baking holiday treats, and cleaning the house in anticipation of loved ones later this evening (or in my case, first thing tomorrow morning). It’s okay, we can all be superheroes from time to time, right?! Don’t stress out, it’s all going to be fine…right? RIGHT? Thankfully, our very own iFamilyKC Mom Squad team member Leah shares her 25 tips for managing holiday stress with us right here on the blog. Take a look…
25 Tips For Managing Holiday Stress
If you are anything like me you are guilty of trying to do a thousand things at once. I find myself being pulled between trying to locate the “perfect gift”, attempting to stay on budget, pull money out of thin air, working more hours to afford “the perfect gift”, ordering things online, and trying to create time to wrap gifts all while trying to balance my daily tasks. Needless to say this momma is wore out.
The holidays tend to add so much stress and chaos to our already over packed lives. Yet, their intention is to the opposite. This year I am determined to approach things differently. I don’t want my son to judge holidays based around how well I may or may not handle stress. We all know that kids see everything even when we think otherwise. I want to make sure he sees me handle things with grace. After all I cannot expect him to if I don’t.
It really is my goal to learn how to master stress so it does not master me. I know that I will not be able to completely avoid stress. However, that doesn’t mean that I cannot try to handle it better when it arrives. I have found some pretty simple ways to help make your holidays a little less hectic. I hope that you can find one or two them useful.
#1 Take an Epson Salt bath – for an added stress relief add essential oils
#2 Create a daily gratitude journal- use this to remind yourself what you are grateful for in yourself and others
#3 Go outside for a walk or run- being around the sunlight can improve your mood
#4 Instead of stressing out over dinner give yourself permission to order out
#5 Turn on some good music
#6 Have a glass of wine
#7 Have a cup of tea- there are so many teas out there to help you relax
#8 Give your partner a massage then have them return the favor ( or just book an appointment at a salon)
#9 Go get your hair done… I always feel better after a good hair cut
#10 Set a budget and stick with it
#11 Schedule a lunch date with a friend and share a good laugh
#12 Turn off your phone so you can get stuff done without being distracted
#13 Try to give out “group gifts” when you have to buy for a family. This will help you stay on budget. You can buy them a movie, popcorn, snacks, etc. Plus this encourages them to do something as a family.
#14 Pace yourself- you do not have to do everything in one day. I find it useful to break my to do list down to a daily list instead. This also helps me feel less overwhelmed.
#15 Take a break and go do something fun as family
#16 Go see some Christmas lights and get yourself back into the Christmas spirit
#17 Light some candles around the house
#18 Meditate – this is an amazing stress reliever
#19 Go to the gym
#20 Call a friend or a family member that puts you in a good mood
#21 Get some sleep
#22 Don’t be afraid to ask for help
#23 Don’t sweat the small stuff
#24 Remind yourself that if something does not get done there is always tomorrow
#25 Listen to yourself- only you know your limits
To follow Leah further please go to her page at www.facebook.com/solaceforthesoul
From iFamily to yours,