- November 10, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Parenting & Family, UWP Blog
Finding Joy During A Stressful Holiday Season
Let’s avoid feeling as if a stressful holiday season is unavoidable and make it joyful.
Between the school’ s holiday shows and functions, work obligations, holiday parties, and gift shopping, the weeks leading up to Chanukah and Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and rush through your busy days. However, this does not breed holiday joy. It does create a great deal of pressure for a holiday that is often headed by exhausted parents to be perfect.
When you’re busy, it’s hard to notice the fun little things.
Challenge yourself to stop at least once a day and “breathe in the season”.
Take a short little break and go look at lights.
Turn on Christmas tunes and sing and dance through the house.
Just stop and have some Christmas fun for a few minutes.
Perhaps you can even make some fun Snowflake Crafts.
Get Your Own Little Elves
Santa doesn’t do everything on his own, and neither should you.
Learn to delegate both at home and at the office (or the home office).
Make certain that everyone at home is pitching in. Even young ones should be. Chores teach responsibility.
No better time than the present to get good at delegating. This will help you to avoid a stressful holiday season
Making A List And Checking It Twice
Last but not least learn to prioritize. Make a list of what you need to get done today, this week, or before Christmas. Prioritize it and then go back and check it again. Strike out anything you don’t really need to do.
It’s amazing how freeing cutting tasks and things out of your life can be. There are a lot of things we do just because we’ve always done them. When you stop and challenge yourself to focus on the important things, it becomes much easier to cut out busy work. In turn, stress can be reduced or even avoided completely.
Follow Santa’s example and just like him, you’ll find joy in during this busy holiday season.
I would love to know how you keep your holiday tasks manageable.
Please let me know in the comments below.