How To: Avoid Mommy Burnout During the Holidays
It’s officially a week since Thanksgiving and Christmas is right around the corner. For many of us that means:
- Decorating our home
- Sending out holiday cards
- Attending holiday parties
- Purchasing gifts for everyone and their mama
- Figuring out Christmas dinner menu
Trust me, I know I get it. Typically, I host Thanksgiving dinner and shortly thereafter we head to the outlets to catch those good'ole Black Friday deals. I did not host Thanksgiving at our home this year. I am still responsible for Christmas dinner and volunteering my time to the less fortunate which is why I typically have a mini-vacation planned around this time of year. However, I refuse not to enjoy the holiday season. I mean, I really love Christmas and I want to enjoy every minute leading up to it. Below I’m sharing how to avoid Mommy Holiday burnout to make sure this holiday season is the best year yet.
Holiday PlansSit down and figure out what you’re doing this year. Who’s hosting Christmas Dinner? Are you sending cards? Do you have annual events that you would like to attend?
Me TimeAs prior stated, for the last couple of years. I've typically taken a vacation prior to Christmas. It honestly wasn't planned. But I learned that it was really nice to just enjoy the moment in another state. I realized that the stress that the holidays can sometimes bring wasn't there. I know this is not possible for everyone. However, take some me time. That may mean a spa date or even a staycation. Treat yourself to some me time, and do what you love.
Eat BreakfastMy favorite cereal is Post Honey Bunches of Oats. I love this stuff. Have you ever heard the saying that Breakfast is the most important meal of the day? It is! Don’t skimp on it. Make sure that every morning that you have a complete breakfast with a bowl of cereal.
Menu PlanAround this time of year menu planning and my crock pot is my bestie.
If you can freezer cook that's even better. With so many parties and shopping to do. Cooking on the stove becomes a task. Compile a list of your favorite recipes. Figure out what you need from the store until you go back to the store for your Christmas dinner essentials and menu plan weekly or the entire month if possible.
Create a list of everyone you're purchasing gifts for. Also, include next to their name gift ideas. It sucks to go to the store trying to figure out what to purchase for someone. Use your time wisely and create your list now.
Delegate TaskWith children being so tech savvy. Include them in festivities. Delegate age appropriate task. That could include picking up an extra chore and/or assisting you with cooking. If you’re a blogger. Have them help with your blogger tasks (if you don’t have a virtual assistant).
Pack SnacksI love to munch on post cereal while on the go. I typically make individual bags to snack on throughout the day. The snack size bags are also great for adding having a portion for in the morning when it's time to eat breakfast.
Mommy burnout is real. Use these tips to simplify this holiday season and avoid mommy burnout.