The holiday season (and holiday stress) is here. With all of the parties, social events, and family gatherings it can easily become an overwhelming time for all of us. Some people find that Christmas is especially difficult due to change, loss, or uncertainty about the future. Knowing how to minimize stress can help make this holiday season more enjoyable.
Some tips to make the most of your holiday season and minimize stress:
- Remember to pace yourself. Set realistic goals about what you can achieve. We all have ideas of what would make the “perfect” holiday season but remember – change can be good. Every holiday will inevitably be different, so remember to be flexible.
- When you are feeling stressed, take the time to sit back and evaluate why you’re feeling this way.
- Be aware that the holidays can be stressful for the whole family and it’s important to know how to recognize stress in your children.
- Between all of the school plays and caroling, be sure to find a balance. Remember the importance of healthy eating, staying active, and getting enough sleep. Enjoy your holiday baking and treats but remember to enjoy in moderation and make room for healthy snacks too.
- People of all ages have to make time to relax. So make sure you take a break. Laugh, hang out with friends, consider taking a bath or a walk to help wind down.
For younger children, the unfamilliar schedule during the holidays can be difficult to deal with. Try to stick to your regular routine as much as possible and make sure your kids have some down time amidst all of the decorating and baking.
And just like you, your teenage children may be attending (or hosting!) a holiday party. Make sure you talk with your teen about the details of party whether they are the host or the guest. Talking openly is the best way to make sure that every one stays safe and has fun.
About this guest blogger:
Jessie Hoffman is a Public Health Nurse with Halton Region working in the Mental Health Liaison program. She has experience in child and adolescent psychiatry in both inpatient and community settings.
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