Change in routine can be difficult for little ones, especially around the holidays when there is added sugar, less sleep, more excitement and presents. Add onto that kids picking up on the stress that adults are feeling and you have a recipe guaranteed to end in illness or a meltdown. Below are my tips for staying sane over the holidays.
Breathe – Tempers are shorter, kids are on edge and all too often things boil over. When you start feeling like you have had enough, walk away and take a few deep breaths. This works even better if you can sneak away for a 5 or 10 minutes – lock yourself in a bathroom if you have to. Getting outside to literally cool off helps too.
Stick to Routines (as much as possible) – I got to be known as the resident party pooper because I always left the party early so my kids wouldn’t get too far off schedule. My kids and I were always happier when everyone got a good night sleep, especially since they never slept in.
Bring the Comforts of Home – If you can’t sneak out of the party early bring a few items from home to help the kids feel comfortable. A favourite book or blanket and 5 minutes of snuggle time is often enough to recharge little ones so they are good to go for a little longer.
Keep Calm – in your purse. Seriously. We love Calm for Kids homeopathic drops from Orange naturals. They not only help to settle nerves, but help little ones drift off to dreamland after they have been wound up by the excitement of a big day. Orange Naturals also carries supplements that can help the entire family deal with stress.
Eat Well – This time of year there are lots of treats and heavy meals to be enjoyed. When possible start your day off right with a well balanced breakfast and don’t skip meals. ND shakes are a great way to add extra nutrients to your breakfast, or tide you over in between meals.
For more tips and tricks to help you keep calm and Christmas on visit the Orange Naturals blog or sign up for their Newsletter – now called “O Natural – Living Naturally at Home”. You can also find out more about Orange Naturals on their Facebook page. Join in the conversation on social media under the hashtag #ONatural and share your healthy living tips!
I’d love to hear how you Keep Calm and Christmas On.
Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.