By: Susan Hollis, NEC Consultant
The Holidays can be very stressful on individuals and families. Below are some ways to combat the anxiety that this time of year brings, especially when adding anything to our already anxious and complex lives…
• Build in some relaxation time into your schedule. Plan a movie night or game night before the big day. Yoga and meditation are very helpful to reducing stress and keeping you calm.
• If visiting others plan extra time!! If flying or driving it will take you longer than you planned for.
• While traveling prepare snacks and activities for the kids to do along the way. If you know certain times of the day are more difficult for your kids, alter your travel plans to accommodate this.
• Check the airlines and/or train/bus lines to make sure your needs can be accommodated.
• Ask from others what you need. Setting boundaries are key. Sometimes staying home and keeping things simple is the right thing for you and your family.
• It can be overwhelming to have other people coming to your home over the holidays. Keep things simple and easy. Don’t worry about impressing others or making your house, table setting, or the meal perfect. Take a step back if necessary. It’s ok to say no.
• Remember have compassion for yourself and try to identify what you are grateful for. This time of year can be hard, but it can also be rewarding, filled with loving experiences. Take lots of pictures and videos!!