Best Holiday Season

How to Create a Good Morning Routine
to Make for the Best Holiday Season

A good morning routine is essential for setting you and your family up for a successful and enjoyable day. However,during the holidays, it’s easy to let your family routine fall by the way side amid the school breaks, dinners, seasonal activities, and other special events.Alas, this can make for a stressful season. Fortunately, there are ways to fully embrace the holidays while maintaining structure and keeping the stress to a minimum:

Maintain a clean home

The first part of establishing a holiday morning routine is maintaining the cleanliness of your home. A clean and clutter-free living space is critical to keeping stress levels down. And no matter how busy your schedule may get during this time, you can still keep your home in tip-top shape. Start by de cluttering your home before you decorate, and keep your decorations to a minimum. Try to keep all your items in their designated place, keep all surfaces clear (i.e. tabletops,counters, shelves, etc.), spend 10 minutes a day getting rid of clutter, and make sure everyone in the home participates in these tasks.

 If your budget allows for it, consider hiring a cleaning service to come in during the holidays. A little extra help cleaning can save you major time while ensuring your home stays in pristine condition and ready for guests. Right now  the costs for a one-time cleaning service runs from $110-$227 — a worthy investment for your holiday sanity.

Keep a decent bedtime.

 Another thing you want to do is establish a realistic bedtime for your kids. School may be on a hiatus, but you don’t want their sleep habits to go completely haywire.Even if it looks a little different for the holidays, it’s important  for your children to go to bed at the same time each night. This helps ensure they get enough sleep, as well as make it easier to transition when school starts back up. Furthermore, it’s critical that parents get enough sleep; otherwise, stress will quickly overtake your holidays.

 Plan for the next day.

 helps to wake up to some sort of plan in the morning. Whether it’s preparing breakfast, delegating chores, or packing things up in the car for a trip,consider planning the night before. Also, be sure to schedule adequate time for things like personal hygiene, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. Not having to rush is key to avoiding the stress of a chaotic morning. If you really want to start off on the right foot, wake up before the kids to do something relaxing, such as reading with a cup of coffee or meditating.

 Be flexible.

 Having some level of flexibility is always helpful in life. But during the holidays, you can’t really survive without it. Your family’s schedules are likely to be more different and demanding than ever, and you will need to work hard at maintaining order while staying open to the changes. For         instance, try to be consistent with bedtimes, but don’t let that keep you from going to see The Nutcracker with your kids one evening. Or if your morning doesn’t go as planned and it gets stressful, don’t let the rest of the season turn upside-down by giving up on your routine. Take it a day at a time.

When you have a routine for the family, it reduces stress and allows you to fully embrace the holidays. Remember to keep your home clean by spending a little time on it each day. Make sure everyone is getting enough sleep, and start planning for your morning the night before.Finally, remain flexible as you adhere to your routine. Keeping a solid routine will make for a better holiday season for the whole family.

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How to prevent a holiday meltdown

Do you feel stressed around the holiday season?
Well don’t let this time of year get the best of you. This is a time filled with love and laughter and finger lickin food! Don’t let a batch of burnt cookies get you down. Hug your little ones, laugh off the little things and don’t stress the storm you can’t control.

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This is not a movie scene or a picture perfect moment in time… your holiday get together will be full rowdy kids, rambunctious pets, and those infamous “OOPS!”. Take a deep breath and accept the holidays are not perfect. What is perfect is spending time with the ones you love and seeing the smile on your child’s face when they open their first gift from Santa this year. Don’t set the bar so high with expectations and simply go with the flow. Especially if you’re the host of this year’s holiday celebration… if you have expected guests, then I’m positive you have a willing helping hand close by!

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With the holidays comes a handful of invitations… and to dos and deadline and who and where to bring the kids. It’s easy to find yourself being dragged in every direction this time of year. To prevent this from happening and bring your stress level from 10 to 2, don’t overbook yourself. Say no… I know… easier said than done. Organize your time with those tasks you HAVE to do with some of those holiday activities you enjoy.

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The holidays can put a toll on relationships. Or the mere fact of just seeing that relative may make you cringe. Don’t let the unaccepting in-laws or overbearing siblings spoil your time. Interact with them in small doses, otherwise surround yourself with those who make you smile.

Don’t substitute your sleep in order to be the first in line at the toy store. Manage your time better to get both your wrapping done AND a good night rest. They’ll forgive you for just tossing their toy in a gift bag… but nobody likes a grumpy parent.

Keep calm and enjoy your holiday!
Stephanie Falcone

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