Christmas is one of the most special times of the year for families. Families come together to exchange gifts, eat Christmas dinner, and watch a kids’ movie. Although it can be a lot of fun, it can also be quite stressful. Here are five tips for managing family during the holidays:
1. Make a list
Writing down what you need and when you need it helps keep everyone on track.
2. Set some ground rules with your family
Everyone has their own way of doing things and some things may not work well in a crowded setting like at the Christmas dinner table. Discuss ground rules ahead of time so that everyone knows what to expect. This will help avoid any major disagreements or disruptions later on during the holiday season.
3. Decide on expectations early on in the process
Before family members start arriving, have a general idea about how much time they’ll be spending with you each day and night, and make sure to stick to that plan as closely as possible. This will help ease some potential tension before it even starts brewing (or after it’s already started).
4. Have plenty of snacks and drinks handy
Chances are you’re going to get pretty hungry and thirsty while stuck at home with all your family! Provide enough food and drink so that everyone feels comfortable eating without feeling rushed or judged (and remember – alcohol should definitely be avoided at holiday dinners!).
5. Take breaks
Sometimes being inside all day long can really take its toll on both our mental and physical health – give yourself permission to step away from the chaos every once in a while for 30 minutes or an hour if needed! That way, when you do return, everything will seem more manageable than before…at least until next year’s holidays roll around again!
The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the holiday hustle and bustle, take a deep breath and follow these tips to help ease your holiday stress.