Stress-Free Holidays?
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The holidays are a double-sided coin. On one side, the holidays are a celebration, bonding with loved ones, gift-giving, delicious food, and joy. However, a jam-packed schedule, tight deadlines at work, family gatherings, gift purchases, and financial pressure can also make the holidays an insanely stressful time of year.
According to a poll by the American Psychological Association, about 40% of adults feel more stressed around Christmas. Too much stress means you’re not the best dad you can be. So, let’s look at how dads can keep sane during the stressful holiday season.

Maintain Your
Exercise Routine

According to research, exercise causes your brain to produce more “feel-good” neurochemicals, making you happier and less worried and stressed.
So, even though the busy schedule of holiday activities can make it hard to stick to your training schedule, try to do so nonetheless. Regular physical activity can help keep that stress down while helping you feel healthier over the holiday season.

Keep Organized

If you want to lessen holiday stress, avoid last- minute purchases and plan: for shopping, fun with the kids, social activities, and other tasks over the holidays.

Set Your Holiday Budget

Budgeting is essential if you want to keep your holiday spending in check. And we all know that expenses may quickly spiral out of control during the holiday season.
So, plan ahead and don’t go overboard on holiday spending. And skip the expensive toys, as we know they’ll likely be on to something different in a year. Try to get your kids something fun to help them grow and learn.

Look After
Yourself

One of our top rules at A Dad’s Path is that if you don’t take care of yourself, you will not be able to be a good dad. And it’s easy for us busy dads to neglect our own needs! Self-care is an essential component of our mental and physical health and well- being. So even though our holiday social calendars are crammed, it’s important to remember to put yourself first and find some time to be alone.
Try yoga or mindfulness meditation. Focus on getting enough sleep. You will likely have days you may indulge in food or drink. So the days you don’t, try to be healthier. Use your calories wisely.
One of the blessings of the holidays is the joy they give your kids. The lights, music, food, and family. All of it. Feed off of their happiness.
Spend time with your children, start a new holiday tradition, and participate in various activities together.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself! The holidays are a stressful time. You might mess up. It happens to all of us. The important thing is to get back up and keep on going. Dad On!
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