| The Holidays are here and with that brings much stress. We have so much to do and we seem to be going in all directions. We have stress from work, stress from our kids about thir presents and even school stress. It seems in the two weeks before Christmas break the teachers pile on the tests and homework.. Our children's stress becomes ours, too. What can we do to help ourselves and our kids?
First off, don't go crazy with the presents. Don't try and keep up with everyone else with what they are buying their kids. It is not good for the parent and not good for the kids. They get used to a certain amount and next time they want more and more. Limit the presents. Encourage the kids to donate something to someone in need. They can donate some old toys, clothes or even give some money (two or three dollars) to a cause. Let them pick a needy charity. This giving will bring happiness to your kids when they help others.
Use this time for you and your kids to give thanks for the things you have. Write down all of your blessings. Feeling grateful brings happiness.
Take this time before the New Year to set up the goals you want to accomplish for the coming year. Write them down with the necessary steps to accomplish them. Each day work on a step towards your goal. You will feel great to see the progress you make.
Also, start to exercise everyday for thirty minutes. This will lessen stress and get you in good shape for the coming year. When you are less stressed you are more focused and happier. Try it and see for yourself how better you will feel.|
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