Managing stress is one of the most important things you can do for the health and well-being of yourself and your family. My #1 tip is to take on less! Keep life simple and don’t compare yourself to others. The fall and winter are darker, slower times for rest and reflection; the holidays should be enjoyable and relaxing.
Tips for keeping life simple:
- Take time for introspection and give children a break from activities, research shows that unstructured play time is vital to development and creativity.
- You can stay stylish and keep it simple with a mom “uniform.” Or build your wardrobe around a simple color palette so that everything you pull out of your closet already matches. (Your husband will appreciate the break from having to be your stylist.)
- Learn to say no to holiday parties and get-togethers that don’t bring you and your family joy and peace and that aren’t true obligations.
Ok, so you’re just going to have a busy fall and holiday season… no way around it. What can you do to stay energized and sane? How can you manage your stress?
Read more of Dr. Naumes’ post over at D-Magazine’s D-Moms Blog