Is it possible to fully attend to the holiday gathering without the feeling of overwhelm and stress?
It certainly can be if you start putting self care for you and your child at the top of the list. This may mean you have to say no to a few things over the next few weeks, but holidays only happen a few times a year. This will be the only Thanksgiving and Christmas your child will be this exact age too! Such precious moments and memories we are given to have and to hold. No Mom wants to feel overwhelmed and exhausted by taking on too much.
If you are willing, do me the favor of grabbing your calendar right this second and putting in three time slots a day just for you or you and your sweet kiddos. I know it is hard to do, but can you spare three 20-40 minute slots in each day from now until after the New Year? Even if you have to start out with 15 minute slots. Please just add them in.
Maybe this means you will spend time after school with your kiddo, electronics out of mind. Or maybe this means you will read to your child while they play in the tub and then enjoy a little play time after. Could it be time to stretch and have hot cocoa after with a big kiddo? There are so many things that come to mind and only you know what will work for you.
Now that you have some breathe time in your schedule, lets go over a few more great ways to keep your mind focused on what matters, keep those shoulders from tensing up, and be sure you immunity is up for the gathering of smiles, laughter, and good ole germs.
I know that last one was a lot but here are some ideas...
--> One week prior start having the recommended dose of elderberry syrup daily for two weeks. Or you could drink organic herbal tea with immune boosting herbs such as lemon balm, elderberry, or hibiscus... just to name a few.
--> For the holiday meals and snacks, you could think of adding more healthy and immune boosting herbs to your meals like rosemary, sage, garlic, onions, pepper, and turmeric. You could make homemade pesto, hummus, a fruit or veggie platter, homemade soup, use herbal infused bone broth for your potatoes, soups, and dips, make homemade lemonade to sip on, or have sliced lemons and oranges served with herbal tea. You can also do some healthy ingredient substitutions to prevent gluten and sugar overloads.
--> For after the special gathering, you can continue with all of these tips and offer a bit more "ME" or "Me and Kiddo" down time than normal so you aren't always on the go and in a rush. Plan ahead because it really will make things easier. Remember, when our bodies feel nourished and well, our mind's ability to stay focused and balanced is also greater.
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I wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope this helps you on a deeper level than just that of drinking a glass of water and going to bed at eight.
Being a mom means having to have a healthy mindset, especially during holiday season. Be kind to yourself. Take time for yourself. Set limits for the expectations others have of you and stay focused on your children so can truly enjoy and take in the moments. Healthy and Well Wishes, Jamie
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Jamie Michaels, Natural Wellness Educator & Founder of Children's Wellness Tree
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