The holidays can be a highly stressful time for many families. Whether you are hosting a holiday party at your home, organizing travel with children, and/or trying to balance your everyday routine with additional holiday activities, it's helpful to prioritize your time, commitments, and family activities to help contribute to stress reduction.
Here are some tips and tricks for managing holiday stress, specific to busy parents, that allow for more time with your family.
- Make a list and check it twice. Think of the things that cause you the most stress during the holidays. Write them down, along with the level of stress they cause and how they affect you.
- Unload and learn to say "no." If there are holiday tasks that you just can't or don't want to do, let them go - cross them off your list if you can. And don't commit to new things just because you feel you have to. Let someone else run the school holiday party or coordinate the work gift swap this year. Learning to say "no" may take some practice. It might feel uncomfortable at first. But taking on too much can be more stressful than "passing" on a request in the first place.
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