Shopping, cooking and socializing can make the holidays very stressful. Add a brood of children in tow, and you could turn into a real Scrooge. Keep your holiday spirit and sanity when the kids are out of school with some simple stress management tips. Here are a few:
Any shopping list can be long and exhaustive with the kids tagging along, so make a plan. Write down what you want to buy for each person and set a budget to spend. Pick a time when the stores are less busy, and ask a friend or relative to watch them so you can head out alone. If you can’t get a sitter, consider shopping online.
Leading up to the holidays make sure your weekly meal planning consists of some very simple dishes. Reward the family with an evening out once a week to break the routine. They will be thrilled, and it gives you a break from cooking. Write down your shopping list for the big holiday dinner and stick to the list. Don’t overdo it.
As the holidays approach you will probably get bombarded with invitations to social gatherings. Set your priorities and only attend the ones you can schedule without feeling obligated or overwhelmed. Have someone watch the kids if the gathering is for adults-only, but let the kids enjoy family-friendly invitations.
To stay jolly this holiday season, manage stress by making a plan for each day. Set goals that are realistic and manage your time wisely. And remember to set aside time to unwind and relax.