Focus on Enjoyable Fun
It may be difficult to have things precisely the way you want them, due to medical stress, travel restrictions, and specific products being limited in stores. Instead, consider choosing an enjoyable activity that everyone can enjoy and making that the focus of your time together. Can you all spend time making cookies, playing board games, or watching holiday movies? Is there another activity that everyone might enjoy?
Flexibility is a key component of keeping the holidays low stress. Things may not turn out just right, so it’s important to focus on what you do have and what you are able to accomplish, instead of what is missing. Approaching this holiday season with flexibility and good humor will go a long ways toward making it a time that everyone can enjoy.
Remember Your Goals
It’s important to keep your overall goals in mind as you enter the holiday season. Do you want to spend time with your family? How can you make that happen? Are religious ceremonies important to you? What are some ways that you can bring these special ceremonies into your holiday routine, even if you’re unable to attend services? Keeping your goals in mind and maintaining a positive attitude can help make this the best holiday season yet.
It’s easy to get bogged down in small details and get stressed out and frustrated by the holidays. However, if you stay flexible and focus on alternative ways to achieve your holiday goals, you may find that you’re able to plan a fun, festive season that everyone in your family can enjoy. While some traditions can still happen, this can also be the year that you build new traditions of your own, focused on your goals for your family and what you’d like the holidays to mean in your home.