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Mother Daughter baking in kitchen 200x200The classic holiday song says “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” but we all know this can also be a stressful time. Here are some tips for a more-relaxing holiday season.

  • Look for childcare at gyms, kids' play spaces, and park districts that offer inexpensive holiday drop-off hours and can give you more time to tackle a holiday to-do list.
  • Rather than going to every holiday party, learn to use that magic word “No” in RSVPs. Pick just one or two family-focused holiday events that you all enjoy.
  • Laughing reduces stress hormones and you can always get a few chuckles by watching holiday movies like “Home Alone,” “A Christmas Story,” and “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.”
  • Ask Alexa to play some of your favorite music and not just those holiday standards. Listening to music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow to calm you down naturally.
  • If the family holiday meal is an angry debate stage for some relatives, consider moving the event to a restaurant. Being in public can discourage people from talking loudly and might reduce any bad behavior.
  • Speaking of changing plans, don't be afraid to ditch holiday traditions that no longer work for you. Abandoning old customs can be refreshing and it’s fun to start new traditions.
  • Silence your smartphone notification alerts to avoid audible interruptions that can cause bursts of adrenaline and send your stress levels climbing. You'll enjoy the break and probably won't miss anything.
  • Limit gifts for adult family members but keep in mind that those without children might feel slighted if they're giving to your kids and getting nothing in return.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax