How can it be that the holidays are already upon us?? It’s such an exciting time of year! IT IS. Ok – Lets be real.. the holidays ARE an exciting time for family , celebrating, holiday spirit, and togetherness- which also comes along with stress, chaos, loads of errands, and did I mention FAMILY?
So in the spirit of knowing that while you WILL enjoy it- my TOP TOP 5 Holiday Survival Guide Tips will help you enjoy it even more!
4. Gratitude: We all tend to talk gratitude on Thanksgiving , but how about continuing to focus on this all throughout the holidays? It is easy to get caught up in all the stress. Its easy to be exhausted, frustrated, and take it out on all those around you. Instead of yelling at your kids or spouse-(yeah we have all done that!) -Take time every day for gratitude! This is a great exercise for the whole family to take part in together. Every night at dinner or before bed- write down 2 things each of you are grateful for. This makes for excellent family discussions over the holidays as well! Nothing like remembering all that we are grateful for to change your mood and keep the holiday spirit.
5. DO something for others. Volunteer at any organization together or with friends. Spontaneously bring holiday cookies to friends, an assisted living facility (THEY LOVE children!) or someone you know struggling over the holidays. Spreading your cheer will KEEP your cheer. There is nothing more invigorating than bringing smiles to others. And there is nothing more helpful to you, then helping someone else. And being a role model and teaching this to your children at an early age is perhaps the best holiday gift they can receive!
And for my BONUS tip
6. KEEP your social media viewing with reality! NO- everyone is not having a better holiday than you. NO- everyone’s children are not better behaved than yours. You know they were screaming and fighting on the shots that DIDN’T get posted. No- everyone’s family does NOT get along better than yours. Go back to what you focus on you find. Stop focusing on that. Focus on you and what you can control. This holiday season find your BOLD and focus on following these few tips and being intentional with staying calm, happy, healthy, and grateful this year! You can do it!
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