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Your guide to managing holiday pressure
If the upcoming holidays fill you with less joy and more stress, you’re not alone.
Check out these quick tips for taking the pressure off & focusing on what you really care about:
- FOCUS ON THE FEELING
Choose a few feelings that are important to you, and think about how you can align your holiday plans with those feelings — focus on a few important moments instead of trying to do it all.
- OPEN THE CONVERSATION
You can ask your kid things like: What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? What are you most excited about? You might be surprised by their answers.
- NOTICE THE SMALL STUFF
When you think back on past holidays, you might remember the little things most. This year, try to savor those small but meaningful moments as they’re happening.
- TOSS YOUR EPIC TO-DO LIST
It’s better to have a simpler list of activities where your family can feel connected & present than an over-the-top exciting roster that leaves you feeling drained.
- TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN NEEDS
Self-care looks different for everyone— find what helps you feel replenished. Don’t forget to lean on friends and family, a therapist or coach, or parenting support groups if you need to.
- MAKE SPACE FOR YOUR KID’S TOUGH EMOTIONS
Your child might have a hard time this holiday, for reasons that are expected or totally surprising. Instead of trying to make it all better, let them know that their tough feelings are okay.