Keeping It All Together: 5 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity Through the Holidays



A family decorating for the holidays.We’ve made it through Thanksgiving and are officially in the Holiday Season. From plays to winter sports, class parties, work parties, or just hosting for the big day, the holidays can bring out the best (and sometimes worst) in all of us.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just participating in the joy (and sometimes anxiety) that this time of year can bring, here are five tips for keeping your sanity through the holidays.

1. Write It All Down

Your calendar may look like absolute madness, but as soon as any new obligation pops up, add it to the calendar. You won’t forget those cupcakes for the class party or any other thing you need to do, and you’ll be far less stressed.

2. Simplify Traditions

While riding on the Polar Express or visiting every light display in Fairfield County may be a great way to keep the kids entertained this season, try to focus on meaningful traditions that bring joy. Maybe it’s driving through Starbucks for hot cocoa and driving around to see Christmas lights or grabbing your favorite bakery’s challah for Hanukkah; you’ll all appreciate it if no one is stressed out. Do not hesitate to simplify or skip activities that feel overwhelming. Quality over quantity is key. Find some simple ideas to enjoy the holidays here.

3. It’s Okay to Ask for Help

No man is an island, especially around the holidays. Do not hesitate to ask for help or delegate tasks. Encourage family members to share responsibilities, making the holidays a collective effort.

4. Set Realistic Expectations

Perfect holidays only exist in Hallmark movies. Embrace the imperfections and set realistic expectations. It’s okay that you did not get everything done, it’s okay that you burned the ham (there’s a lasagna in the freezer anyway), and it’s okay that you bought the brownies from Big Y. Be flexible and open to going with the flow.

5. Create Boundaries

Holidays can sometimes bring out the worst in people. Be sure to establish boundaries that protect your time and energy. Politely decline extra commitments that may lead to burnout. Remember that it’s okay to say no.

As we navigate the festive whirlwind of the holiday season here in Fairfield County, remember that your well-being is the greatest gift to your family. By organizing yourself, setting realistic expectations, and creating boundaries, you’re not just preserving your sanity but also fostering a warm and joyful atmosphere for your loved ones. Embrace the magic of the holidays without losing sight of the magic within yourself.

How are you staying sane this season?


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