Managing stress and your time during the holidays (Contd.)

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” -William James

  • Learn to say “No.”

 If there are holiday tasks that you just can’t or don’t want to do, cross them off your list if you can. Don’t commit to new things just because you feel you have to. Learning to say “no” may take some practice, it might feel uncomfortable at first but taking on too much can be more stressful than “passing” on a request in the first place.

  • Choose holiday activities that you can do together as a family and are fun.

Make wrapping paper together with colourful potato prints on brown paper or meaningful holiday presents together as a family project can prove to be fun activity for the family. You can also volunteer with your children at a food pantry, a special shopping trip or visit to a holiday display. Don’t repeat the activities just because you hope it will be fun. Consider splitting up for activities – you do a special activity with one child while your partner may undertake something special with your other child.

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