Managing Holiday Stress for You and Your Family
Managing Holiday Stress
It’s time to ring in another holiday season. For many families that means an increased sense of family demands and responsibilities, which typically involves sending out cards, going shopping, baking all kinds of goodies, putting up the decorations, and traveling here and there to visit family and friends. While children typically get very excited around this time of year, they can also feel stressed when seeing their parents running around frantically doing all of these tasks.
To help manage the overwhelming feelings associated with the holidays and enjoy time with your family, here are some suggestions to keep the holidays manageable and fun for everyone:
Be upfront and express to your family how their contributions can help alleviate much of the stress associated with preparing for the holidays. Your significant other, children, other family members and friends are not mind readers so don’t be afraid to have an open conversation about what is realistic for spending on gifts and how many invitations you accept for parties.
Get Everyone Involved
Instead of trying to take on all of the holiday responsibilities yourself, identify tasks that you can assign to your significant other and/or your children. This is a great way to get everyone involved in preparing for the holidays. Depending on their age, you can allow your children to help wrap presents, participate in holiday baking, put up decorations, and clean the house in gearing up for the festivities. This teaches them that the holiday season is about both giving and receiving and doing things together as a family.
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