The holiday season is here and today I’m partnering with Ready Pac Foods to share with you some of my favorite healthy holiday tips for busy moms. This time of year is wonderful and magical, but all the celebrating can leave you feeling less than your best in a hurry if you aren’t mindful about how you are spending your time. Hopefully these tips will help you make the season as magical as possible!
5 Healthy Holiday Tips for Busy Moms
1. If you start to feel too tired, over-spent, or overwhelmed…
It’s ok to say no, it’s ok to down-size traditions, it’s ok to set boundaries, and it’s ok to practice some self-care in the middle of the busy season. What this looks like in my own life is saying no to extra activities for my kids. If I want time to decorate, make cookies, and snuggle in front of the fire, I have to free up time to do that with them. Putting them in one more group/sport/class isn’t great for me in the fall and it’s not great for them either. I chose to put out only about 1/10 of my Christmas decorations this year. I didn’t really want to get a tree either but I got out-voted on that one. I’m in the middle of finishing building a house, packing up a family of 7 to move, and at my busiest with work – decorations just aren’t high on my list this year so I down-sized them.
Self-care mixed in with motherhood has evolved a lot for me. I often schedule self-care into my day planner and that might include calling my grandma on the phone, taking a bath, reading a real book just for fun for a set amount of time, or making a healthy dinner just because I want to eat it (and that means I have to be ok if the kids don’t want to eat it or have a back-up dish ready).