The holidays are a magical time of year, but there’s no doubt that they add some stress to our already busy lives.
In our family it’s six-weeks jam-packed with activities, from big family dinners, celebrations with our church and work families, traveling to visit family members, and trying to find the perfect gift for the people on our lists.
It’s ironic that we rush around doing things to make the season special for our family, and often it feels like we aren’t taking time to appreciate the small moments with our kids that make the holidays special.
The truth is, most parents are doing much better than they think they are, and with a small change in focus, the holidays can be a time of increased love and peace, instead of frazzled chaos.
You are the Best Gift
Keep in mind that you are the best gift you can give your children this year. Most moms feel selfish taking time for themselves, but you can’t pour from an empty cup, so self-care is vital.
Take some time to add things to your life that feed your spirit, give you perspective, and make life feel more manageable. What that looks like is different for everyone, but here are a few things that make a huge difference for me.
- Work out in the morning. Even 15 minutes on the treadmill totally clears my mind and gives me energy.
- Eat whole foods. The holidays always have lots of yummy food involved, and I believe life is meant to be enjoyed, so instead of taking those things away, focus on adding healthy food in. An easy way to do this is to make sure you eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal.
- Make time to meditate. Taking 10 minutes to meditate in the morning literally changes my outlook. There are lots of great meditation apps available to help, or simply spend a few minutes in silence or listening to uplifting music. Give your mind time to rest.
- Read something uplifting. My mindset has completed shifted from reading great books and applying the concepts to my life. I read 10 minutes per day, and it’s been life changing.
It might seem like I’m just adding to your list, but I promise that feeding your mind, body, and spirit each day will increase your ability to give to your family.
This holiday season, I challenge you to look for the things you are doing well and cherish the small moments that bring true joy to the holiday season.
- Sit back and listen to the excitement in your children’s voices as they decorate the tree.
- Focus on small traditions that are unique to your family.
- Don’t worry about making everything perfect. Your kids won’t even notice.
- Spend time rather than money.
- Give to others.