Being a mom is the most rewarding job ever. I love being a mom, but it also comes with a price. During the holidays I get more stressed because of everything I have to handle. The bills, shopping, buying gifts for the ones we love. That mixed with sleepovers, youth group and finding time to even get in some Christmas baking.
Let’s just say it’s not easy. Even less so when the holidays come around.
As each year passes, I find myself getting more stressed because although my mind is still sharp as a tack, my body is aging quickly and I feel it more. My skin seems dryer. My face has more sunspots. My hair is even grayer and my face has wrinkles in places I didn’t know a face could have.
All the articles I read online about reducing stress during the holidays is great but none of them tell you exactly how to help moms get through the holidays. So here are (blank) tips on how moms can make it through the holidays without losing their minds.
Oh yeah — and there’s a great giveaway at the end of this post ALL MOMS would die for!
#1. Discuss What Your Feeling
I’ve learned how important it is to talk about what I’m feeling. Being a mom is hard enough but during the holidays it’s even harder. You have to have a way to get your feelings out. Whether it’s talking to your spouse, a girlfriend or even a co-worker about what is going on in your life. Even putting your feelings down on paper can help. All in all though discussing your feelings is an absolute must, and not just during the holidays but all year long.
#2. Nobody is Perfect
You may feel like you have to attain perfection, especially during the holidays surrounded by family and friends. The expectations can be set high. Perfect gifts under the tree. The perfect turkey Christmas morning. The perfectly cleaned house each and every day. Well, I’m here to tell you — perfection is a fantasy we moms make up in our heads. The quicker you have no expectations for yourself in being perfect. The faster you can relax and enjoy what is going on around you.
#3. Make Time To Pamper Yourself
We never do this — us moms. We never take time to pamper ourselves. I don’t know about you but I have a lot more wrinkles on my face and gray in my hair than last Christmas, and I’m still not giving myself a moment to breathe, relax, drink a glass of wine, read a book, or even buy myself some products I know will not only help me look younger but feel better. Pampering yourself is important no matter what time of year it is. Grab a moment to take a break and remember you are only one person and doing a great job!
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#4. Ask for Help
Whenever it’s possible to ask for help. When you are feeling tired, too stressed out, unable to do it all that is the time when you begin to delegate jobs and request assistance from your older kids, hubby, in-laws and others. It’s okay to ask for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. You can’t be supermom all the time. Get help with chores, laundry or planning holiday festivities. Delegate tasks to others so you are still in charge but have a handle on things to make your life easier.
#5. Make Your Own List & Check It Twice
Santa has a list and you should too. Making a list of all the things you need to get done and actually seeing your week planned out in front of you can help you prioritize your life a little better. Making a list of groceries or meals you want for the week or presents you still need to buy, appointments for kids, birthday parties to plan. No matter what it is making a list helps you organize your needs and can help bring your stress level down.
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