The time has arrived again when we start planning for the holidays.  Weekends get filled with responsibilities and obligations, that you may or may not be interested in.  The stress is building up, when you are suppose to be having fun.  You may also have the kids to entertain for a couple of weeks.  Who is going to stir crazy first, you or them?

Pressure of the Holiday Season

There seems to be more and more pressure during, the holiday, season a holiday party here and there.  Relatives are expecting their annual holiday visit.  Then there is the shopping, trying to find that perfect gift for someone, who is always hard to please.  supermarket-shopping-cart-full-of-holyday-gifts-vector_fJx8UlPu

What do you imagine your holiday to be?  Ever wish to just get away and not deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday?

Tips on Making the Holiday More Enjoyable

1.  Start Planning Ahead – shopping can be done early, set a budget, create a list and stick to it.  If you are hosting the holiday dinner, start preparing ahead of time.  Send out a list to others so they know what to bring.

2.  Keep it Simple – if you want to have a quite holiday you can keep it that way.  Let others know this year you are keeping it small.  Offer to celebrate the holidays at a different time, when things aren’t as hectic.  Maybe this year will be the year for the sunny vacation.

3.  Prepare the Family – let your family know you are keeping the holiday’s quiet.  If you have small children, you probably want to start your own traditions.  Have a discussion with your family members about this, so they don’t feel left out, but let them know this is important to you also.  There will be plenty of time for everyone to get together.

4.  Enjoy the Holidays – no matter how you decide to spend your time, enjoy it.  Stress and Depression can sneak up on us.  Take time for yourself and have fun.

What to do With the Kids

1.  Just spend time together – pull out some board games, read some books, get out the craft supplies, concentrate on being together (remember to put the electronics away)

2.  Outdoor activities – get outside and get active, bring out the child in you and have a snowball fight, build a snowman or snow fort, try some skiing or snowshoeingcartoon-snowman-christmas-vector-illustration_XyGmnZ

3.  Plan a play date – one the holiday slows down, it is probably time to set up a play date, so you kids can play and so you can have some much needed adult time, trade off on watching each others kids

4.  In with the new, out with the old – it is time to go replace the old with the new.  For every one thing you child got as a present, they need to give something away that the no longer use

If at anytime over the holidays you need more support or are feeling down, you can contact me and we can set up a time to meet.