It won’t be long before the holiday season is upon us, and that means extra stress on our plates. This stress is never good and can badly affect our mental health. Here are some ways that we can keep it together without losing our mental health in the process.
Make some me-time
During the holiday season, we never get a chance to breathe so you need to ensure that you have some me-time at the ready. This can be anything from booking a full spa day to having a bath on a Sunday night with some THC-0 Acetate. What me-time looks like to you will be unique to you. Don’t be afraid to experiment and work out what works for you, and always keep your ears open for new ways to relax at the end of the day.
This might seem very simple but the organization that you put into this time of the year can make or break a person during the holidays. This might mean that you need to plan stuff months in advance. This might seem like overkill, but if you have a few kids, this can mean that you are stretched with school commitments as well as doing the usual holiday plans. Get the calendar out and work out where you need to be and what you need to do today for the next few months.
During the holidays, you might find yourself taking on a lot. Why did this become a thing? This is your gentle reminder that you don’t owe anyone anything. The important thing is that you are there for your family. If people start piling the tasks on you, you can say no. It can be hard but it is important to say no from time to time. Besides, there might be other parents who are biting at the bit to get the chance to help out with school preparations if they were given the chance.
Keep it small
You might be tempted to have a complex holiday that is filled with wonder but they are often packed with stress instead. Just remember, kids have the ability to turn a cardboard box into any number of things with their minds, so cut back on certain things and let their imagination fill in the gaps. Sometimes the overload of decorations and packed schedules are too much for our kids and it can make the holidays a chore for them too. Keep it small, keep it simple, and let the fun in instead.
One of the simplest ways to make sure that you have a good Christmas is to ask yourself, does the season of joy bring you joy? You might need to make some changes and ditch stuff that doesn’t work for you. If you still do the things that you used to do as a kid but hate every minute of them, it’s time for them to go. This might annoy your parents or extended family, but this is your Christmas, not theirs.