7 Top Mom Bloggers Fix Your Holiday Stress
Ah, the holidays! It’s a season of togetherness, generosity, and goodwill toward your fellow humans.
Unfortunately, it’s also a season of cats climbing Christmas trees, dogs “watering” those same Christmas trees, shrieking children, cooking, cleaning, in-laws, and a billion questions from your kids that all start with the word “Mommm.”
Instead of turning Dear Husband into the angel sitting atop the tree, read what these top Health & Fitness Mom bloggers do to reduce stress around the holiday.
#1.Lindsay Livingston, RD
“Don’t be afraid to do what’s best for your family. Holiday schedules can be stressful when you’re trying to attend a lot of different events with family and friends in a short amount of time. It’s ok to turn down events or make adjustments to event times to make them work around your kids’ nap schedules or bedtimes. Crabby kids will only add to your stress and it’s not worth it!” | The Lean Green Bean | Twitter: www.twitter.com/leangrnbeanblog | Instagram: www.instagram.com/theleangreenbean | Facebook: www.facebook.com/theleangreenbean
#2. Tina Haupert
My #1 method of stress relief around the holidays is quick, high-intensity workouts. I don’t have a ton of time to spare this time of year, so a fast, sweaty workout (even if it’s just 15 minutes) makes me feel so much better. I’m definitely a happier person when I work out! 🙂 Blogger at Carrots ‘N’ Cake and co-founder of Designed to Fit Nutrition| Carrots n’ Cake | Designed to Fit Nutrition
#3. Brittany Dixon
Allow yourself to take short cuts. If you’re the mom that never buys pre-chopped vegetables, give yourself permission to splurge a little during this of the year. As moms we put so much pressure on ourselves to create a magical experience for the ones we love, but we shouldn’t sacrifice our own health and happiness to make it happen. So take advantage of pre-made cheese trays and Amazon prime and let go of the notion of Super Mom. Your family would prefer a happy, relaxed, present mom over perfection of the details. I promise the holidays will still be magical! A Healthy Slice of Life
#4. Beth Risdon
My #1 method of stress relief around the holidays is to make a new playlist on my iPod, bundle up and get out for a run in the cold or the snow. It’s refreshing and gives me perspective on anything stressful I’ve been facing. Health and Fitness Blogger | Shut Up and Run | Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shutuprun/ | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Shut-Up-and-Run-289007011347/ | Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShutUpRun
#5. Beth Greer
A sure thing for me to relieve stress around the holiday is to take a hot bath where I add 2 cups of either epsom salt, Himalayan pink salt or Dead Sea salt. I also add several drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils. As soon as I’m submerged in the water I’m instantly relaxed. The hot water is soothing and the salts are great to detox the body. Bestselling author of “Super Natural Home,” speaker, toxin-free living expert. | www.supernaturalmom.com | Twitter: @supernaturalmom
#6. Kellie Davis
During the holidays I remind myself daily to live with grace. Above anything this helps relieve the stress as we often get wrapped up in doing all things for all people. But it’s not really about how much you can do for others or how much you can get done before the big party, dinner, or gift-giving ceremony. It’s about appreciating what you have right here in that very moment.
So when I feel overwhelmed or burdened with a big to-do list, I take a deep breath and focus on being present. Being with my family, being in my home where I am safe and warm. Because when all is said and done, that is the most important part of the holidays. — | MotherFitness
#7. Suzi Fevens
My #1 method of stress relief during the holidays is sitting down to watch a holiday movie with a big cup of tea or hot chocolate! I also really love yoga by the Christmas tree or fireplace, the ambiance is so relaxing and enjoyable! — | Confessions of a Fitness Instructor | www.facebook.com/confessionsofafitnessinstructor | www.twitter.com/suziconfesses | www.instagram.com/suziconfesses
I’ll also throw in my own piece of advice:
Holiday day stress is hard to combat. Too much to do and too little time. I love this time of year, the lights, decorations and warm fuzzy feeling the holidays give me but trying to squeeze in a full workout is just one more thing on the list. That’s why, instead of putting a lot of pressure on myself to get in a “perfect” workout, I try to workout and move in a healthy way all day long. Lunges down the hall while holding a fussy baby. Bear crawls pretending to be a tiger. Squats every diaper change. I steal away little moments during the day to squeeze in exercise and healthy movement. Workouts do not have to be all at once to reap benefit, by the end of the day, my body feel great, because I got it in. – Dr. Sarah Duvall, PT, DPT, CPT