Finding rhythm during the holiday season can be difficult! From disturbed naps to sweet food that our children don’t normally eat to general overstimulation (but lots of fun!), it can be a time of year that is unlike any other. How do you keep a rhythm during the holiday?
Sometimes it seems near impossible, but I have a few suggestions to help you enjoy both the season but also to keep the edge of insanity at bay:
- Loosen up and enjoy the fun and energy of this season. I don’t have any immediate family on my side of the family who are alive, so while your family may drive you crazy, if you still are talking to them and generally like them, do try to relax a bit and enjoy it as much as you can. Yes, your children might be overstimulated. Yes, the TV might be on and driving you crazy. See if you can find ways to cope and still enjoy yourself at all.
- Be prepared with some of the things (toys, crafts, ideas for getting outside) in order to occupy your children. It really helps to keep things more even-keeled, and you will feel better knowing some things are still in your control.
- Earlier bedtimes and nap time is often difficult in a noisy house for toddlers and preschoolers. Consider taking them for a little car ride and having them fall asleep or laying down with them. It gets you out of the over -stimulation of everything as well!
- You can’t do it all, especially with preschoolers and toddlers in tow! Things HAVE to be mother-sized. The wrapping, cooking, baking, decorating, what have you, has to be mother-sized. Delegate, simplify, pare way down on your expectations. Ask for help! Come up with new traditions that don’t tax you!
- Prepare one day a week during the holiday season as your rest day if that is possible. This can be a day to be home and get things done; a day that the children will go to bed early and you will have a little time to get something done that you need to without littles around. Or trade off child care with a friend or enlist an adult in your family to help entertain children.
- Simplify your meals so they can be warming and nourishing but not exhausting.( If there was a ever a call for the simplicity of crockpots, instapots, and compostable plates, December might be it! LOL).
- See if you can take a break for outside time each day, even if it is cold or blustery outside. The children will enjoy it, and they will rest better. And you can de-stress!
- Self-care can be hard this month; so deecide what self-care means to you this month and what that would look like. Does it mean getting up earlier than normal to get your workout at the gym in? Does it mean eating right so you feel good in the midst of everything? Does it mean a hot bath several nights during the week?
- Keep your schedule a little clear. In planning December and even through New Year’s, it is easy to pencil something in most days and then have no room left for the last-minute things that come up. Keep some time and space unmarked.
I would love to hear how you de-stress your holidays with tinies or with teenagers! Let’s share ideas!
Blessings and love,