Every year, you imagine that the Christmas season will be a swirl of joyful holiday parties. But, you remember that reality rarely matches up perfectly with that dreamy expectation. Here’s how to lighten your holiday load and keep in mind what really counts.
SCHEDULE RECREATION OR RELAXATION : Make sure you schedule some time for your own self care. It can be anything such as 30 minutes of exercise, a phone call to a loved one, or a restorative bubble bath.
PREPARE A COVID SAFETY PLAN IN ADVANCE : Various family members and loved ones will each have a different approach to COVID safety protocols such as masking or staying outdoors during holiday celebrations. Discussing your holiday plans with your loved as soon as possible will help avoid extra tension.
ASK FOR FAMILY’S INPUT : This will help you create a holiday that’s guaranteed to contain at least one of everyone’s favourites, along with ideas for streamlining the celebration.
MINIMIZE SCREEN TIME, FAVOUR HUMAN CONNECTION : Pull your face out from behind that screen and forge real connections with loved ones. This might be more a powerful mental health boon than you even realize.
DROP EXPENSIVE, HIGH-STRESS RITUALS : True, families thrive on traditions, but it’s less about the event itself, which your kids may have outgrown, and more about time together.
REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN : As you take part in trimming the tree or preparing the Chanukah cookies with your kids, take a deep breath and savour the moment.
There’s a good reason why flight attendants advise us to place the oxygen mask on ourselves first, before we help others. If we’re not okay, there’s no way we can take care of anyone else.