How Parents Can Reduce Stress this Holiday Season
written by Emily Graham, blogger at mightymoms.net
The holidays are an especially exciting time of the year for families. There are few joys like watching your children enjoy the splendors of the season, but the responsibilities that accompany the holidays can put a real damper on the festivities for parents. The kids are out of school and stir-crazy, your home is messy from hosting out-of-towners, and your social calendar is filled completely. Believe it or not, these are common issues for most parents, and there are simple ways to keep stress down this holiday season. Psychological & Educational Consulting shares the following tips to help you stay sane.
Be Mindful with Planning
As with many of life’s details, quality is more important than quantity. Scheduling too many things to do can be terribly overwhelming. Focus on activities that are truly meaningful by following these tips.
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Stick to Your Budget
Take the time to budget for the holidays, and be firm in sticking to it. Figure out what money to allocate for gifts, food, and travel, and if needed, find other ways to reduce your spending over the holidays so you won’t be under financial stress come January.
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Take Care of Yourself
The holidays tend to be all about the kids when you’re a parent, but don’t forget to address your own self-care needs. Make time to practice basic healthy habits no matter how busy you are. Remember, your kids will also thrive when you’re feeling your best!
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The holidays are about spending time with family and creating memories that will last a lifetime. The less stress you feel as a parent will not only boost your mood but the mood of your entire family.