As much as we love our bundles of joy, they can be a lot harder to manage when it comes to Christmas. They become easily overwhelmed with the excitement and the big day. Whilst we do everything in our power to help them during this time, we sometimes forget to look after ourselves.

Self-care is all important during the festive period and can help us cope with the stress of excited mini versions of us running about. We have 5 useful tips to help you cope with all of this to share with you today.

Plan for Success this Christmas

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Christmas is notorious for creeping up on us. Once minute its the height of summer and we’re having plenty of carefree fun. Then the next minute the shops are filled with decorations and Christmas songs are on the radio. It can fill us with panic. However, there is no need, as with some simple planning can help ease this anxiety.

Whether it’s lists, calendars or post it notes, planning can be done in a way that helps you. You can chose to go digital, or stick with old school pen and paper, it’s what you find works that makes the difference. Once you find a method you like, plan. Plan your dinner, shopping lists, gift lists, activities, me time and more. You can be as detailed as you’d like.

Planning helps you see more clearly in times of stress, organise your days and ensure that you get everything done that you need to. In turn this reduces stress levels and can improve your mood.

Be Festively Flexible

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We all do it, there is a task to complete and we know it needs to be done but something comes up. Do not be too hard on yourself. A lot of the pressure we feel during Christmas comes from ourselves. Being flexible with the jobs at hand, can make a huge difference to your mood.

Use the planning you have done to help you reschedule the shopping trip, or decorate the hallway. Don’t stress about having everything done at a specific time because life happens, especially when you have kids. When you know you can be flexible it makes life easier when things go wrong, meaning you feel less stress.

Make Time for Fun

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This is an absolute must. Have fun! Ensure you have time to play games with the kids, or dance to some music, watch a movie or just laugh together.
We sometimes forget that Christmas is for us too. Remembering to enjoy yourself will make life much more joyful.

Dedicated Me Time

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Another vital component to coping with children at any time of the year, is me time. Time just for you to relax, unwind and recoup a little of that energy you’re using.

Me time can be anything from a hot bubble bath, to a cup of tea with five minutes peace, reading a good book or binge watching your favourite show. Your brain needs time to process and find it’s equilibrium during times of heightened stress and me time is the perfect opportunity to allow it. This reduces anxiety, worry, stress and can lift your mood.

Involve the Kids

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We are always aware of the children, but without realising it, when we just want to get stuff done, we can leave them out. Including them in decorating, baking, cooking, even shopping can make them feel included and give them a focus. Plus it gives you a chance to spend more time with them and have a little fun whilst working hard to make Christmas Special.

We have one last tip, and it is our most important one. Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to buy the most expensive gifts, or have the biggest tree and your dinner doesn’t need to be dripping in extras. Christmas is about time with your family, sharing laughter and creating memories. The things kids will remember above all else is the time the spend with you!

You will be able to find more ideas for self-care and activities for the kids this year on The Wonderment throughout December. Don’t forget to join the conversation over on social media too. You can find us on TikTok, Instagram, Threads, Facebook and Twitter.

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Erika is bright, bubbly and friendly. Studying to be a counsellor, she is committed to helping others in the pursuit of better mental health. Having suffered from mental health issues herself including severe anxiety and PTSD, she wants to show others that the light at the end of the tunnel is not just a cliché!
Erika enjoys spending time with her little one, friends and family, crafting, reading, writing, music gaming, cooking, creating art, cacti and llamas.

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