Stop Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 Tips to Survive Holiday Lockdown with Kids

Stop Feeling Overwhelmed: 5 Tips to Survive Holiday Lockdown with Kids

It’s no secret that the holiday season can either be a blast or lead to some extra-tough times. For those of us who have little kids in tow, it’s often hard to keep up with all there is going on while still trying to make sure they’re enjoying themselves – now you know why mom and dad may look exhausted! Parenting during this special time isn’t without its challenges.

Juggling the additional demands that come with the holiday season, as a parent, can be downright exhausting. If you’re struggling to keep up without burning out, here are 5 superb tips to help you manage without feeling overwhelmed and exhausted!

Intentional “You” time

Wake up early for a refreshing start to your day! Taking time each morning, even if it’s just 20-30 minutes before the chaos begins, can make all of the difference. Have some “you” time while sipping on coffee and enjoy the stillness, or fold that laundry in peace – whatever makes you feel most relaxed and in control of your mood.

Consistent Bedtime Routine

As a parent, taking the time to ensure that you have consistent routines in place can be immensely beneficial. Setting an early bedtime warning, such as 30-60 minutes before it’s time for lights out, can help to minimize meltdowns and keep them on track. Additionally, having something special to signal that it’s okay to rise from bed can help to keep your family on schedule. Whether it’s a special light or having books handy for those eager morning risers, these simple steps can make the day run smoothly.

Focusing on What You Can Control

Focusing on what you can control is a great way to reduce stress and worry. It’s important to take ownership of your thoughts, your schedule, your productivity levels, and how you treat others. By being mindful of the little things that are out of your control, you can avoid letting them bother you and instead focus on what’s achievable. You can’t control how your kids respond to you, but you can control how you respond to them. Knowing what you are responsible for and what you are not can lead to increased peace and calmness in the long run.

Stay Connected

Taking time to stay connected with the ones you love is an essential part of maintaining a healthy balance. Whether it’s a short text check-in, an uplifting phone call, or even a face-to-face chat through Facetime, any connection can bring a sense of joy and optimism during difficult times. And let’s face it, sometimes you just need to vent! There are many ways to make sure you nurture your relationships with those closest to you. Scheduling regular check-ins with family and friends help keep everybody in the loop while providing comfort and support when needed. Taking the opportunity to cherish moments shared with loved ones is an invaluable way for you to remain grounded and sane during chaotic or stressful periods.


With the holidays quickly approaching, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the expectations and pressures surrounding this time of year. While it’s impossible to control what external influences are telling you that you should do, you certainly have the power to set boundaries for yourself. You don’t always have to go the extra mile when it comes to meal prep or entertaining – even your own children! Don’t think it has to be a big affair every single day they’re away from school – sometimes having their favorite movie and a bowl of popcorn will suffice. And don’t worry, there is no need to fully commit to holiday activities like getting family photos done or sending out Christmas cards. Making realistic choices for yourself over the holidays will help take some of the pressure off and ensure everyone stays happy in the end!

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