Like the song says, it's the most wonderful time of year…again.
That's right. The holiday season is upon us. And while it brings with it lots of joy and excitement, you might also be fretting about just how stressful it can be, too.
No worries, though. This is our guide to surviving the holidays. So, grab your Warmies Slippers, pour yourself a cup of tea, and check out our tips for a stress-free family holiday.
Make Time to Relax at Home
The constant rushing around is cited as one of the biggest contributors to holiday stress. So try doing less this year.
Remember, one of the keys to surviving holidays with kids or surviving holidays with toddlers is doing less.
It might sound fun in theory to attend every holiday festival and Christmas concert in your area. In practice, it’s likely to be more stressful than you thought.
Instead, quality time with the family is often more fun than trekking across town to a dozen different events.
Pick one or two activities that everyone really wants to do. Then, use your spare time to relax at home with your loved ones.
Not sure what to do with your downtime? Plan a movie day!
Everyone can grab their favorite Warmies Marshmallow Boots or stuffed animals, collect some cozy blankets, and snuggle up to watch a favorite holiday flick.
Bring Warmies on the Go
Warmies make family movie days cozy, but they also make long car trips much more enjoyable.
Are you planning on spending the holidays at a loved one’s house? Heat your Warmies Neck Wrap in the microwave before you leave. It’ll soothe your aching shoulders and help you relax on the drive.
Do your little ones get car sick or nervous on long drives? Heat their Warmies stuffed animals to help them stay calm and relaxed in the back seat!
Another one of our favorite remedies for holiday stress is saying “no.”
You don’t have to fill every day on your calendar with an activity or event. You’re allowed to say “no” to things you don’t want to do or don’t have time for.
Be honest with yourself about what you truly want to do. Then, be open with people who are extending invitations or asking you to do things for them.
Remember that everyone is familiar with the challenge of dealing with holiday stress. They’ll likely be understanding if you can’t make it to a party or help out with a specific event.
Prioritize Healthy Eating
A simple suggestion for stress-free holiday preparations is to prioritize healthy eating.
It can be hard to avoid all the delicious snacks served during the holiday season. However, if you overdo it on sugar, carbs, and alcohol, you may end up with a headache or stomachache — which makes your holiday to-do list much more daunting.
You don’t have to give up on sweets and treats altogether, however. Instead, we recommend doing some meal prep so you can have healthy options ready to go in the refrigerator.
Not only does meal prepping help you eat healthy during the holidays, but it also saves you from having to scramble to throw dinner together at the last minute.
Spend Time Outdoors
It might be chilly during the holiday season, but we still recommend getting outside when you can.
Playing outdoors, going for a walk, ice skating, or taking a trip to cut down a Christmas tree are all simple holiday stress solutions.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do outside. Breathing in the fresh air can boost your mood and provide a nice reset to help you remember what the holidays are really about.
Hang out outside with your loved ones, then head indoors, snuggle up with your Warmies, and end the day on a cozy note.
Get Ready for a Stress-Free Holiday in 2022
Holiday stressors might come your way this season, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them get the best of you. Follow these tips for surviving holidays with family, and you’ll set yourself and your loved ones up for a fun, safe, and memorable month.
Of all the stress solutions mentioned in this article, Warmies stuffed animals are especially helpful. They help you relax at the end of a long day, soothe sore muscles left over from hanging Christmas lights, and make great gifts!