Avoid the holiday burn out

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

As the holiday season approaches, everyone is extremely busy. Life does not slow down just because there are holidays coming up. So while you are already working, parenting, doing school and housework, adding more to do just leaves you disappointed and worn out by the end of the year. Make this the best holiday season yet. By simplifying your plans, you can focus on what is most important.

Firstly, decide what your family priorities are. Think about what you value most, what feelings and memories you wish to create. Everything else you do will be filtered through these priorities and values.

Simplify your schedule. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Only choose those activities and events that will actually enhance your enjoyment of the season. Do not add in extra activities because you feel you ‘should’ do them. Set up some healthy boundaries and decide on your limits. If you have a specific obligation, then be sure some down time follows. Balance your busy and calm days.

Downtime is important for the whole family. Make sure each day has some time to relax. It can be very tempting to add in fun activities or parties on top of your already-busy schedule. This will not add to your enjoyment of the holidays. You may need to trade out regular activities for holiday ones.

A predictable daily rhythm will help to avoid meltdowns and ensure you have time in your day to relax. Children thrive on predictability as it helps them to feel secure and relaxed knowing what to expect. Major disruptions to their regular week will likely create some challenging behaviour. Try to keep your days as consistent as possible.

Think back to your own childhood and favourite holiday memories. Most often our favourite memories involve the simple, day-to-day interactions, the feelings surrounding the holidays, or one or two key events. Every single day does not have to be extravagant. Slow down enough to enjoy the moment.

While you are slowing down, be sure to take time for yourself. You can not give more when you are on empty. Self-care will be essential in order to truly enjoy this time of year.

May all the holidays you celebrate this season be full of joy, peace and love.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and home-schooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.

Avoid the holiday burn out

Simplify your plans and focus on what's most important, writes Jackson

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

As the holiday season approaches, everyone is extremely busy. Life does not slow down just because there are holidays coming up. So while you are already working, parenting, doing school and housework, adding more to do just leaves you disappointed and worn out by the end of the year. Make this the best holiday season yet. By simplifying your plans, you can focus on what is most important.

Firstly, decide what your family priorities are. Think about what you value most, what feelings and memories you wish to create. Everything else you do will be filtered through these priorities and values.

Simplify your schedule. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Only choose those activities and events that will actually enhance your enjoyment of the season. Do not add in extra activities because you feel you ‘should’ do them. Set up some healthy boundaries and decide on your limits. If you have a specific obligation, then be sure some down time follows. Balance your busy and calm days.

Downtime is important for the whole family. Make sure each day has some time to relax. It can be very tempting to add in fun activities or parties on top of your already-busy schedule. This will not add to your enjoyment of the holidays. You may need to trade out regular activities for holiday ones.

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A predictable daily rhythm will help to avoid meltdowns and ensure you have time in your day to relax. Children thrive on predictability as it helps them to feel secure and relaxed knowing what to expect. Major disruptions to their regular week will likely create some challenging behaviour. Try to keep your days as consistent as possible.

Think back to your own childhood and favourite holiday memories. Most often our favourite memories involve the simple, day-to-day interactions, the feelings surrounding the holidays, or one or two key events. Every single day does not have to be extravagant. Slow down enough to enjoy the moment.

While you are slowing down, be sure to take time for yourself. You can not give more when you are on empty. Self-care will be essential in order to truly enjoy this time of year.

May all the holidays you celebrate this season be full of joy, peace and love.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and home-schooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.

Avoid the holiday burn out

Simplify your plans and focus on what's most important, writes Jackson

Opinion Dec 03, 2020 by Meaghan Jackson Flamborough Review

As the holiday season approaches, everyone is extremely busy. Life does not slow down just because there are holidays coming up. So while you are already working, parenting, doing school and housework, adding more to do just leaves you disappointed and worn out by the end of the year. Make this the best holiday season yet. By simplifying your plans, you can focus on what is most important.

Firstly, decide what your family priorities are. Think about what you value most, what feelings and memories you wish to create. Everything else you do will be filtered through these priorities and values.

Simplify your schedule. Too much of a good thing is still too much. Only choose those activities and events that will actually enhance your enjoyment of the season. Do not add in extra activities because you feel you ‘should’ do them. Set up some healthy boundaries and decide on your limits. If you have a specific obligation, then be sure some down time follows. Balance your busy and calm days.

Downtime is important for the whole family. Make sure each day has some time to relax. It can be very tempting to add in fun activities or parties on top of your already-busy schedule. This will not add to your enjoyment of the holidays. You may need to trade out regular activities for holiday ones.

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A predictable daily rhythm will help to avoid meltdowns and ensure you have time in your day to relax. Children thrive on predictability as it helps them to feel secure and relaxed knowing what to expect. Major disruptions to their regular week will likely create some challenging behaviour. Try to keep your days as consistent as possible.

Think back to your own childhood and favourite holiday memories. Most often our favourite memories involve the simple, day-to-day interactions, the feelings surrounding the holidays, or one or two key events. Every single day does not have to be extravagant. Slow down enough to enjoy the moment.

While you are slowing down, be sure to take time for yourself. You can not give more when you are on empty. Self-care will be essential in order to truly enjoy this time of year.

May all the holidays you celebrate this season be full of joy, peace and love.

Waterdown's Meaghan Jackson is a parenting and home-schooling coach and owner of Joyful Mud Puddles. Reach her at joyfulmudpudles@gmail.com.