12-01-2011 (Dayton, OH) -
The holidays are always filled with trees, presents and food, but often come with stress, anxiety and depression. The long list of to-do’s gets longer. With so many parties, relatives and meals during the holiday season, stress levels begin to reach for the chimney. There are many signs that stress is taking its toll on you and your children including:
- Changes in sleep pattern
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain or loss
- Upset stomach
Traveling for the Holidays
Holiday travel is always a nightmare, from the weather to flight delays and cancellations. Kids often get irritated after sitting in one place for a long time, especially if it’s an airport. Use an airport to continue a child’s education outside of school. Look around and teach them new words or explain what happens to the bags after they go on the long conveyer belt. With so many people and things to see, an airport is a great place to learn.
Whatever the disaster, there are tips to relieve the stress that is caused by those troubles. With the stress reduced, there will be more joy and good cheer to spread around the holiday season. Try some of these techniques:
- Be realistic. Take a look at everything on your family’s plate this holiday season and realistically look at what things are realistic. If one more project or holiday party will make you or your family go crazy, see if there is a way to find someone else to help with it.
- Volunteer. Sometimes kids forget how lucky they are to have all that they do. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or spend a day in a food bank. Kids can learn a lot by giving to others.
- Look at things in a new light. Is the burned ham or broken toy really going to ruin the holidays? Create a learning experience from it. Teach your child that sometimes things don’t go as planned, but that it does not mean all is lost.
- Ask for help when you need it. Remember, there are always going to be people around you willing to help. Have your child help you wrap presents or prepare the holiday ham. They’ll love knowing they are being helpful, and its great family time.
- Sweat it out. When stress and anxiety have you in their grasp, walk it out. Take a break from all the hustle and bustle and relax with the family playing a game of touch football or going on a family stroll. Find an ice rink and race your kids around the rink. Exercising is a natural mood booster and will leave you and your children feeling refreshed and ready to tackle all the work of the holidays.
Remember, when the holidays get you or your kids down, get up and use some of these tips to add cheer to your holidays and enjoy the family, friends and relationships around you. This time of year isn’t about worrying; it’s about laughter, love and life.
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