This week’s blog post is a follow up to our blog post last week about choosing priorities.
It’s that time of year where the holidays are creeping closer and closer. With the holidays soon arriving, we want to make sure we make time for ourselves as parents.
While the holidays can typically be a fun time of year for people, they can unfortunately bring added stress, anxiety, exhaustion, and frustration to the table. Whether it is trying to coordinate a get together with families or friends, whether we are trying to clean and/or decorate our house for guests, or whether we are trying to help our children manage their emotions this time of year. There are typically a lot of things going on this time of year.
It is important with all the hustle, bustle, and busyness that we prioritize our health, wellbeing, and taking care of ourselves. This is extremely hard to do this time of year with everything that is going on. But we know that if we don’t receive an adequate amount of sleep each night, eat healthy, exercise, and take some time for ourselves we will become more irritable, have less flexibility, and will frankly not enjoy this time of year as much. This is a prime example of the saying “easier said than done” and we want to be patient with ourselves during this process. Know that the practice of carving out time for yourself during the day for your health and well-being takes time and patience. Try your best and be gentle with yourself if you make mistakes or it takes a couple of tries to achieve the proper mix and balance. We are all constantly learning and growing and trying to do the best we can.
I hope you and your family have a smooth and enjoyable holiday season. Stay posted to flowoccupationaltherapy.com/blogs for future blog posts with additional strategies for helping your child and family navigate the often busy and stressful time of the year that is associated with the holidays.
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See you soon!
Michael Jankowski, MS, OTR/L
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