During times of relaxation and indulgence (i.e., the holiday season), our health can easily fall to the wayside.

With so much to celebrate, so many people to catch up with and so much to organise, all this festive cheer and craziness can create the perfect storm. It can be easy to forget to take care of your health and mental wellbeing.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Keep these handy tricks in mind and you’ll be able to fully enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Your time matters too
As parents, we’re quick to feel the pressure of curating a filled-to-the-brim social calendar during the school holidays, lest we suffer through the whiny ‘I’m booooored!’ from our kids. Remember: it’s ok to prioritise your time. As a matter of fact, it’s essential. While social activities are still important, make sure they’re enriching and energising for you, too. Feel empowered to say no to events when you want to and make gatherings smaller, more intimate affairs to make the most of your time with loved ones.

Enjoy screen-free time
Christmas and the summer school holidays can be the perfect time to limit or switch off completely from social media – or all technology, if you’re feeling crazy! Screen-free time is essential for creating spaces for meaningful connections, creativity, and a true, honest to goodness reset. Here at haven HQ, we hope to take a whole month off all socials this year. While we’re sure it will be challenging at first, we know we’ll feel so much more engaged, energised and present while spending quality time with our kids.

Put yourself first (even if it’s only sometimes)

Make sure to prioritize your mental and physical wellbeing to avoid burnout. They don’t call it the ‘Silly Season’ for nothing. Incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine to help ease stress and restore balance during chaotic yet glorious times – this might be a quick dip in the ocean each morning, a child-free, Airpod free walk to your favourite coffee shop or an evening stretch to shake off the day.

Put the kids first (but not in the way you think)
Another important thing to remember is that our kids feed off our energy. When we’re experiencing high stress levels or frantic energy, they’ll feel it too. On the flipside, when we’re calm and self-assured, they reap the benefits as much as we do. Prioritise a good night’s sleep (whenever you can) and a solid bedtime routine (again, wherever you can) to give both them and yourself a sense of structure.

Check in with yourself and others
No matter what’s going on in the world, the holidays can be a challenging time. Emotions comes to the surface, personalities can clash and not being able to connect with loved ones in the way you had hoped can cause tensions to rise – not to mention the financial hardship! Be soft on yourself and the people you love, remembering that everyone is experiencing something you don’t know about, and be sure to check in whenever you can.



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