Though Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and many families love to get together with other families to celebrate the year coming to a close and the new year beginning. As fun as the holidays are, they can create a lot of anxiety and stress for children. This occurs from children’s normal routines and schedules being thrown off with all the fun holiday activities, so bedtimes are pushed back and can cause chaos for little ones. To minimize or eliminate anxiety and stress for your child, we have compiled a list of how to help your child get through the holidays successfully.
1) Try to stick to a routine as much as possible. Once the festivities are over, try to keep the following day low-key and relaxing and make sure your child is in bed at his or her normal bedtime or even a little earlier than usual.
2) Stay calm and relaxed. Children learn from example so if your children see you remaining calm despite it being a frazzling time of year, your child will feed off your energy and more than likely stay calm as well. Work out your own stress and anxiety so it doesn’t affect your children in a negative way.
3) Monitor what your child is eating. Try to make sure your child eats healthy during the holidays and doesn’t take in too many sweets or fatty foods. Whatever food you eat alters the mind either positively or negatively so please keep this in mind during the holidays. Pack healthy snacks for long road trips or when you are running errands to prep for an event you are attending or hosting. Keep refined sugars and fried foods to a minimum or avoid them completely.
4) Make quiet time a priority. Step away from the business of the season by slowing down and intentionally make room for quiet time. Read a book with your child, color, do some yoga, meditate together, or go for a nature walk outside away from technology and the busyness of life.
5) Exercise. Make time to get your bodies moving. As stated before, do some fun yoga together, take a walk outdoors, just get some fresh air to boost your moods and reset!
6) Don’t overschedule. Keep activities to a minimum. You don’t have to say yes to every event and get-together, especially if it completely throws off your child’s routine. Make space to enjoy what the holidays are really about – Spending quality time with the people closest to you.