Mommy Hacks for a Busy Mom during the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be filled with fun, family, laughter, and good times. And while most of us do have these things in our holidays, most holidays are also filled with stress – lots and lots of stress.

This is true for most people, but applies especially strong to moms. So today we’re going to help you find new ways to distress your holiday season. Here are some of our favorite mommy hacks to help you avoid stress in December.

  • Stick to a routine. There are so many additional things that we need to do in December –holiday parties, Christmas shopping, present wrapping, Santa Clause photos – that we often lose track of time. But for kids, routine is extremely important. So amidst all the chaos, try to keep your routine as normal as possible. Morning routines, naptimes, bedtimes, and meal times should all remain as consistent as possible to prevent your child’s internal clock from being thrown out of whack.
  • Just say no – It’s something that we teach our children from the day they are born, but something that we often forget how to say ourselves. And during the holiday season, the ability to say no is more important than ever. You don’t have to attend every holiday party. You don’t have to see every family member and friend. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to just say no. It’s one of the best mommy hacks out there.
  • Ask for help – One of the best tools for helping you to avoid stress during the holidays is right at your fingertips – your family. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask your husband to pick up dinner while you are out Christmas shopping. Ask your children to help do the dishes so you have time to make tonight’s Christmas party. Ask a relative you haven’t seen in a while if they would like to catch up over present wrapping. Holidays are about giving, but it’s okay to receive a little too.
  • Don’t stress the small stuff – Doing everything during the holidays can be stressful, but remember, you don’t have to do everything. No one is going to die if you don’t send out Christmas cards this year. No one is going to be hurt if you don’t decorate like Martha Stewart this year. No one is going to hate you if you don’t bring the best baked cookies to the party this year. If you are finding yourself overwhelmed, stop sweating the small stuff. The Christmas decorations will still be there next year.
  • Eat right and exercise – December is a time when most of us forget about our diets and lifestyles, and take on the diet and lifestyle of Mr. Clause. Don’t throw yourself to the sidelines this year. Say no to the cookies. Bring your own salad. Go for a walk. Spend some time at the gym. Take care of yourself. Not only will a good workout help to keep you healthy, but it’s also a great way to both avoid stress and naturally reduce stress.
  • Establish a budget and stick to it – This is one of the mommy hacks that most people forget. Yes, we often create budgets, but yes, we often forget about them too. So many times we let the Christmas spirit take over and spend way more than we can afford. Don’t do this. It might feel great at the time, but once Christmas is over, it will leave you stressed out and anxious. Set a budget and stick to it. Period.
  • Prioritize – Take some time to sit down and create a list of everything you need to do this year. Then, prioritize your list from most important to least important. Conquer the most important tasks first, and then conquer the least important ones only if you have the time and energy to do so.
  • Remember the things you are grateful for – If you need to avoid stress, take a minute to stop, breathe, and remember what the holidays are all about. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself to breathe and remember all of the things you are grateful for this year. Once you have stopped to acknowledge all of the wonderful things you have in your life, you will be much more adept to handle the stress load on your shoulders.
  • Set aside time for you and your children – When our lives get busy, we can often forget how important some down time is. Even on your busiest days, don’t forget to take half an hour for some quality time with your children. They will be the first people to remind that you that quality time and love is what the holidays are all about.
  • Take time for yourself – And when you’re done spending some time with your children, don’t forget to take some time to yourself. Watch your favorite tv show, have a glass of wine, laze in a hot bubble bath – do something that makes you happy, even if it’s only for 10 minutes of the day. Yes, holidays are about friends and family, but you are important too.

So there you have it – 10 Mommy hacks to help you avoid stress during the holidays. And remember, don’t be too hard on yourself – no one can do everything. Not only is it okay to say no, to ask for help, and to take care of yourself, but it’s important to.