- Go to the bathroom by yourself (mostly an idea for you mom’s out there).
- Get a babysitter just so you and the spouse, or even just you, can go out and do some errands (Or better yet go on a date, even if it is nothing fancy).
- Start a book and read a chapter a day.
- Remember why you are doing what you are doing by taking time to write in a journal.
- Do something for someone else to brighten your day as well as theirs.
- Any other bright idea that comes to mind as you read this list. 🙂
2) Keep Clean
I think the worst stress builder is coming home after a long day to a messy house that you know needs to be taken care of. So make it a priority to keep on top of your house so it doesn’t stress you out!
Three easy tips to help you with that:
- Pick every thing up daily and put it away.
- Have your dishes done by the time you go to bed.
- Choose one room or project to deep clean or accomplish.
“Living in a cluttered home can create constant low-grade stress and subtly but steadily drain your energy.” Source
The next step to success….
3) Plan Ahead
I don’t know about you, but it seems that the holidays just creep up on me. For me, it feels like you wake up one morning and realize that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and “I better get all my cleaning and cooking done asap!”
Or better yet, it is December and you think “Oh, crap!! What am I going to get for everyone??”
Planning ahead will save you a huge headache and maybe you can actually enjoy them too. Because, we all know that it is the adults who are the super hero’s that make the holidays such a wonderful memory for the kiddo’s.
- Figure out costumes a month or more in advance.
- Know where you are going and who with.
- Have a plan in advance to ditch all the candy your kids managed to get, or to ration it.
- Figure out who you are going to have Thanksgiving with.
- Know where you are going and if you need plane tickets or if you are driving what the best route to take is.
- If you are traveling long distances make sure you have a check list and check it twice so you don’t forget anything.
- If you are traveling with children pack appropriate and entertaining activities.
- If you are hosting, make sure you have a clean house and dishes ready to be used. If guests are staying, prepare clean bedding and a place for them to sleep.
- Know what you are in charge of cooking or baking and make sure you have the ingredients (all real food of course). Don’t be afraid to have it made ahead of time either.
- If you have traditions that need preparation go ahead and get that done.
- Figure out if you need to bring games to play or movies to watch.
- Get your house decorated for the season (whatever that entails for you).
- Figure out who you are going to spend Christmas with.
- Know where you are going.
- If you are traveling long distances figure out if you are flying or driving. If flying buy plane tickets well in advance to get the best deals. If you are driving research the best route to take. And plan something for the kiddo’s to do.
- If people are traveling to you, have your home clean and ready for company. Make sure you have clean bedding for your guests and extra groceries.
- I like to start my Christmas shopping or think of ideas as early as Christmas is over (I also start saving money early in the new year).
- I make a list of names of who I want to get gifts for and then I make a list next to the names of what I am going to get them, find for them or make for them.
- Having a majority of your Christmas shopping done before the day has almost arrived is so helpful to truly be able to relax for the holidays.
- On the day of: Make sure you have your camera rip roarin’ and ready to go (batteries, memory card is empty and or a new roll of film).
- Have the kiddos in what you want them to be wearing (either a nice outfit or new jammies from Santa).
- Anything you do for your family traditions have ready.
- If your family does one(or all of them) big meal on Christmas day (breakfast, lunch or dinner…) It would be good to have everything ready for it and or make assignments to make it easier in the kitchen.
- Or, if your family goes out to eat try and have reservations in advance so you won’t be waiting for a long period of time.
- Snacks made ahead of time to eat throughout the day.
- Get your house decorated in what seems appropriate for you and the season (lights, tree, pictures, cutesy things).
I know that I only mentioned a few of the many holidays but for me these are the ones that are the most stressful. I hope these ideas and or reminders will help you out too.
Is there anything you do to help yourself out? Share your ideas or what works for you and your family with us!