Winter Holidays Sanity Alert!
Yes, holidays can be joyous and full of wonder. And yes, holiday stress can creep into your festivities. This time can provide us with a wonderful opportunity to model for our children what is important to our families and how to handle the inevitable stresses of life.
The biggest causes of stress and anxiety during holidays are: Less time, more obligations— from additional events and activities like added shopping, cooking, and parties. Fatigue— not getting enough rest from all the additional running around. Financial worries—added gifts, eating out, traveling. Family get-togethers—not being together can cause sadness, but being packed in together during visits can contribute to holiday stress! Unrealistic expectations—expecting everything to be perfect when we all know some things will go awry.
To alleviate stress and anxiety, try to accept that fact that things will not be perfect, your kids may have a meltdown, dinner may not turn out as you wished, or someone may be disappointed in their presents. Being prepared for imperfection may help alleviate holiday stress.
If you begin to feel stressed, consider also :
Making a list, just like Santa! Setting realistic expectations of yourself. Meeting up with an old friend for tea and talk. Letting others help, like assigning age-appropriate chores to your children. Get some exercise, and find some time to recharge your own batteries.
Keeping your own stress under control can really benefit the whole family since children sense parents’ stress and may respond in a negative way increasing the family’s stress!
Help them by teaching them the true meaning of the whatever holidays apply in your culture. by teaching them to give as well as get gifts, by arranging for creative holiday-related activities to keep them active and involved, and by providing opportunities for outdoor activities to give them an energy outlet. Be sure they get lots of rest and don’t get too much sugar. Since many of their routines will change, try to give them special time with you to keep them feeling grounded. Give them advance notice of events and activities and describe clearly what your behavioral expectations are of them during certain events.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday with your families, possible extended families, travel opportunities and entertaining!
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