It’s all about finding the calm in the chaos.

The holidays are a festive time for families everywhere. However, they can also add extra stress to your daily life. While it might seem fun to shop for gifts and bake treats, that can add a lot of extra weight to an already full calendar.

As the holiday season is almost upon us, use these tips to keep the stress away around a stressful time of the year.

Learn how to take extra time to wind down and relax while you are enjoying your holidays with your friends and family.

Don’t Over-schedule

You know what gets me more than anything else around the holidays? Agreeing to too many events and parties. With four kids, it’s nice to have a simple schedule. I can easily get stressed if I have too many things that I am juggling at once.

Don’t plan more events than you can handle!

Cut yourself some slack

Be kind to yourself. Sometimes the holiday season can bring on depression or sadness. It’s completely normal to feel letdown during the holidays. The holidays can bring on feelings of wanting everything to be perfect. Don’t let this get to you! Allow yourself to feel these emotions and confide in friends and family that you trust.

Remember to take time for self-care

Don’t forget about your own health! Take a bath. Plan out healthy breakfasts. Take 20 minutes and get your body moving with a nice walk or some quick stretching and yoga.

Give yourself time out of your busy day to practice self-care. It will help you give others the gift of time if you are not so stressed.

Get plenty of sleep

I crave a good night’s sleep. However, it’s hard on a normal day to get enough sleep. But when the holidays come up, I can’t seem to figure out how to cram everything into a 24 hour period of time and end up cutting sleep to make up for it.

The holidays can be quite overwhelming for us, especially those of us with kids! We end up exerting a lot of extra energy on activities that aren’t usual for our regular routines. Sleep is our body’s way of recovering from using up that extra energy.

You don’t want to get sick or drained! Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. It’s worth it!

Make time for yourself

The holidays are a time for friends and family. However, if you don’t plan your schedule out properly, things can become too much. Put some alone time on your calendar.

How do you relieve stress? I prefer to stick my nose in a book and drink a cup of hot tea. Plan stress relief care for each day that you have something planned! It will help when the days get hectic and you become easily frustrated.

Relax in the company of friends and family

The holidays are about friends and family coming together to celebrate some amazing holidays. It’s about connection and relationships. The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while.

Take an hour or two and grab some coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in months. Hanging out with a close friend or family member gives us ample time to vent our struggles and bring that relationship back together for an amazing year of getting to know each other even better! 

Use the holiday season to reflect

Be mindful of your setbacks and your blessings. Show appreciation for the amazing people in your life.

Plan for what you want the new year to hold for yourself and your family. What went well for you? What could have been better? What should have happened that you ended up putting on the back burner?

The end of the current year is the perfect time to reflect on what has happened the last 12 months and it is a great time to plan out what you want to change!

I hope these small tips will help you relieve stress and help you to really enjoy the holiday season.

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