23 Nov Reducing Skoolie Holiday Stress
It is almost the holiday season again and you know what that means: finding a place to park for the holidays, planning out the holiday events, and reducing skoolie holiday stress the best we can. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the holidays. Oh, the food, lights and smells of the holidays makes this girl wanna find the nearest craft fair and ride around looking for holiday light displays.
Limiting the amount of #bustrations that comes your way requires planning. So, let’s get to it.
1. Make your Reservations
If you are traveling during the holidays or you are a Full-time traveler, you will reduce your stress if you can find a place to park your skoolie for the month of December. Some parks only let you park for 14 days at a time. Some campgrounds will let you just move sites or even stay longer if they are not busy. Make December through January 2nd accommodations by mid November. Write contact information, reservation numbers, and site numbers on your calendar. You have just took the first step in reducing skoolie holiday stress.
2. Make a Plan
Write down 3 thing that must get done before Christmas. These things could be family traditions that must get done or practical things that only you can take care of. My list is finish shopping, put up Christmas decorations including the tree and make one Christmas dessert each week. What would be your 3 must-do things? Leave them in the comments below. I would love to see your list.
Write down 3 things that you want to do this Christmas. This could be make cookies with the kids, go see a light display, or take holiday photos. This is the area that I have so much trouble narrowing down. I am a all-or-nothing type a gal. I am going to have to think about this to get it down to three things. One tip I have when deciding what 3 things you want to do this Christmas is be REALISTIC NOT OPTIMISTIC.
Write down 3 things that you can accomplish to bring joy to someone else. Several things we have done in the past are taking cards to a nursing home, filling shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, or being secret Santa for a family in need. I would love to hear some more ideas. Please fill up the comment section below with your ideas.
3. Write down your ideas on a calendar.
Get a December calendar. Think about… your travel schedule, what events are happening where you will be parked and commitments that you already have planned for the month. (The commitments should be from your must-do list.) Write down your 3 must-dos, your 3 want-to-dos, and your 3 to-dos for others on a day in December. See if you can accomplish 2 things in one day like putting up your tree and making cookies the same day. Heck, you could even take cookies to a local hospital for the nurses and this would put three things in one day. Get the idea? Put these in your calendar on your phone and set your reminders.
Now, Look at your list and make a itemized list of things you will need to buy or things you will need to prepare ahead of time to accomplish your list. (If you are like me and do not like to use paper, check out the AnyList App ) Schedule one shopping day on your calendar and= one planning day. Put these in your phone. Now, you are on your way to reducing skoolie holiday stress.
4. Keep your expectations small.
This time of year, TV and social media is filled with things we can buy and ways to spend our holidays. Pinterest alone can make my expectations loom large. Do you get stressed this time of year because you want to keep all your traditions, make ornaments, and bake your family delicious goodies. I do! I want to make it all, bake it all, and be the Mom that does it all. However, this idea sets me up for stress and failure. If I am making it all, baking it all, while being that Mom that is yelling or has the look of doom on her face, is it enjoyable for my loved ones? I think not!
What if we turn on some Christmas music, watch a Christmas movie, and decorate our attitudes with the Christmas spirit. We can beat holiday stress by keeping our expectations of others, and ourselves small. Our holidays will be less stressful and more enjoyable if we remember why we celebrate this season.
As you are planning your list, think about what makes you smile, take time for yourself, and enjoy the people around you. Stop – Breathe and Know that you do not have to do it all, buy it all, and be all to everyone. Let’s all try to make our Christmas spirit large instead of our expectations. Instead of stretching ourselves to thin, let’s follow these 4 ways to beat the holiday stress as we reduce our skoolie holiday stress.
If you would like to connect with us leave a comment below. I would love to see what ideas you have on things to do to serve others, or your fun ideas for kids this Christmas season while you are traveling.