It’s rare to find a mom who doesn’t have her hands full. Providing for your children is one of the most rewarding things, but we can’t deny that moms are under pressure.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the holiday season with all of the expectations you feel you need to live up to. The holidays should be a magical time for you and your family to make memories and feel the spirit in the air. It can feel like a daunting task juggling the roles of mom, rockstar business woman, loving partner, and miracle-maker all at once.
That’s why we’re here for you fellow moms with tips for surviving the holiday season and staying present this year. We know you want to enjoy your time with your family, and it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Try out these tips below to change the way you’re conquering the holidays.
6 Ways to make life easier for moms – Tips for Busy Moms to Survive the Holiday Season
Create a Mom-Zen Space
Moms have a lot to juggle, and you’re superwomen for it! You, too, deserve to come home to a relaxing space and unwind from the day. For a lot of work-at-home moms, this balance is going to look different because you’re inside the home all day to begin with.
Whether you work from home or not, home is where moms spend the majority of your time taking care of their kids. As all moms know, it’s easy to feel like your house has been overrun by your kids and toys. Real “adult” time can get lost. This is why it’s extra important for moms to have your own space to retreat to in the home. Consider adding some of our self-care gifts as the finishing touches to your relaxation space.
Your zen-space should be where you feel most comfortable in your home. If you love your master bedroom, maybe adding a day room off it will be a perfect recluse for you to get away for some alone time.
If you need more movement in your day, transforming one of your rooms into a yoga room could give you the space to meditate, move your body, and recharge without leaving home. Easy access allows you to leave your job of being a mom for a short while, and return with ease. Whether you need to install new floors for a yoga studio, add an enclosed back patio for the kids to hang out, or a peaceful oasis off your bedroom, putting money and time back into your home will boost its value.
By adding your zen-room or relaxation space of choice, you’re welcoming peace of mind into your home. In order to fund renovations such as these, consider tapping into your home’s equity. A big perk of utilizing your home equity is that the costs are tax deductible when used to improve your home. You’re essentially using the equity you’ve built in your home to put value back into your space, which will not only benefit your well-being but also your home long term.
Going into 2023 is all about making additions or adjustments to your life to better fit you and your family’s needs. You may decide you need to change up the flow of your house to better serve you and your family as you grow.
Cut Out the Nonsense
Let’s take a look this year into how your holiday traditions serve you, in addition to reworking your home life. Now’s the time to ask yourself, what traditions do I actually look forward to? Those are the ones to keep around!
If attending the annual holiday gathering causes your family more stress than joy, maybe skip out this year with a polite decline.
Take the opportunity to make a new tradition with your nuclear family, such as walking around your neighborhood and ones nearby to look at Christmas lights and drink hot cocoa or cider.
Instead of forcing the whole family into color coordinated outfits and dragging everyone to the mall for professional pictures, consider an at home photoshoot this year. You can still create beautiful memories for a fraction of the cost, at home, using clothes and items you have around.
Invest in a tripod to steady your phone or camera on, and pose the family for individual and group portraits! This fun activity can be done indoor or outdoor, using a backdrop as simple as an old sheet and holiday decor from around the house!
Plus, nowadays with our expert technology, photoshopping a better background and making edits to the photos are easy.
Put Yourself First
Do yourself the favor and cut out extra holiday stress by eliminating things that don’t bring you ease or joy this year. The beauty about traditions is that you’re always creating more. This year, just be intentional about it. Don’t be afraid to tweak old traditions to better fit your growing life.
It’s become increasingly popular in recent years to celebrate smaller, or change how you approach holiday festivities.
Don’t feel guilty about taking a step back this year from your usual festivities. Countless social gatherings with family you haven’t seen in a while can really weigh down on a person. Spare your social battery and pick and choose which celebrations are most important to you.
Make Memories at Home
Use the space in your home to celebrate with your kids and create traditions. Maybe it’ll be a movie night in front of the fireplace with hot cocoa, a family snowball fight, cookie baking and frosting, or a present wrapping party.
Especially if your kids are younger, you’ll thank yourself for years to come when looking at their holiday crafts, ornaments, and keepsakes. Take all of the pictures, wear the matching pj’s and remember what the spirit of the holidays is all about. One day when they’re all grown up and out of the house, you’ll miss the days of always having them close.
Plan a Date Night
It’s important to set time aside for just you and your partner. Take time to unplug and enjoy each other’s company. This will give you both a chance to de-stress from the holiday hustle and bustle. Often, spending face-to-face time with loved ones can help reduce stress.
Something as simple as dinner at one of your favorite restaurants, seeing a play, or adventuring into ice skating can have so much meaning. Take some hints from our compilation of parent date night ideas for inspiration. The only rule… no kids!
The important part is that your date night is just for you two. You both juggle a lot between working and your kids. Allow this to be time to give back to yourself and relationship. The saying reigns true, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Share the Burden
The holidays are the perfect time to connect with your partner. This year, share the responsibility of gift buying and giving. To get inspired with ideas for all your loved ones, check out our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone On Your List. We looked into the hottest trends for all ages, so you’re guaranteed to be an awesome gift giver this year!
By proxy, you should agree to manage your finances as a team. By planning what to buy ahead of time, you’ll prevent over spending and purchasing items that aren’t really necessary. Having this discussion with your partner helps you guys stay on the same page, and hopefully prevents you from both buying the same gift twice.
After the holidays, you’ll be thanking yourself, as your connection and bond will be stronger rather than strained due to holiday stress. It’s easier to team up and conquer, rather than get dragged down with disagreements.
We know moms take care of everyone, but it’s important you take care of yourself too. If you’re a tired working mom worried about this holiday season, fear no more. We’re sharing lots of great tips and ways to make life easier for moms. With our tips we’ll ensure your family has an enjoyable, easy holiday. Maybe you’ll even decide to keep some of these traditions going for years to come!
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