5 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress

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Are you in countdown mode yet? 

The kids are almost out of school, and in less than ten days – the BIG DAY will be here.  If you are like most moms, you still have a ton of things on your to-do list.  Small, little things that you need to wrap up to make the holidays magical for your children.  And this can cause a lot of stress.   

It's no surprise that research shows during the holidays more people find themselves hospitalized for conditions that are typically related to stress.  And let me tell ya, I know firsthand about holiday stress!  I have 3 birthdays along with Christmas within the week of December 25th. 

Today, I will share with you 5 tips for dealing with stress so that YOU TOO can enjoy the holidays!

1.  Let it go!  As parents, we want everything to be perfect.  I am here to tell you, that if you don’t get every single thing done – the day will STILL be a success.  So what if you forgot the stocking stuffers, or didn't get the traditional breakfast casserole in the oven.  It will be okay!  I promise!  Your kids will not even notice.  Rather than focus on what you DIDN'T do – focus on the things you did accomplish. And if there is one last minute present that somehow gets lost along the way, so be it!  If the house is not perfectly clean when family arrives – who cares?  Those people are there to see YOU, not your house!

2. Breathe!  And then breathe some more.  I am a huge believer in the power of breathing.  Concentrate while you breathe in and breathe out several times a day.  Count your blessings as you breathe in and out, and you will realize that you are stressing and worrying about things that just do not matter in the larger scope of life!  

3.  Say NO!  Two parties on one night.  The kids have been invited to two holiday parties.  Visiting Santa at the mall.  Going to see the light show.  The in-laws want to come over and visit.  The teacher wants you to volunteer at school.  Your neighbor wants you to help her plan a New Year’s party!  Say no!  If you don't have the time, then just be honest and say you are too busy, and too tired! 

4.  Take care of yourself!  Listen, running around, losing sleep, and stressing out about the holidays can take its toll on you.  Make sure you eat right, exercise, load up on some extra vitamins, and take at least 5 – 10 minutes each and every day to relax.  In order for you to enjoy the holidays, you need to be healthy. 

5.  Remember the true meaning of the holidays.  I am a scrooge when it comes to commercialized holidays.  This season is about love, and faith, and hope, and being together as a family.  This is a time to create memories, to be grateful and cherish one another.  This is a time to spread cheer, to do for others, and to keep your heart open!  Remember, your kids will take their cues from you about the holidays!  If you remember the real reason behind the season, your children will as well – and the loose ends not yet tied up will become unimportant. 

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5 Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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