“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!…Or is it the Most Stressful Time of the Year for Most?”

The holiday season is here and it brings a recipe for stress and sensory overload; especially for children with special needs! The shopping, decorating, lights, noise, cooking, visiting, crowds and changes in routines can sabotage even the best family plans and expectations!

Tips to Reduce Anxiety, Manage Stress and Build Self-esteem and Help Make the Season “Merry and Bright”

  1. Keep routines and schedules. Children do better when they know what to expect, have plenty of sleep and eat nutritious snacks and meals; and so will you!
  2. Slow down and give everyone a little extra time. No one does well under stress!
  3. Leave children at home during shopping outings! You will accomplish much more, your children will be happier.
  4. Limit children’s time with electronics and provide opportunities to play outside, exercise and participate in relaxing family outings.
  5. Set reasonable and realistic expectations ahead of time for gifts and activities. It reduces anxiety, disappointment and stress.
  6. Allow children to participate in decorating and accept the participation as perfect and wonderful!
  7. Be flexible and remember that a few special moments can be remembered for a lifetime.
  8. Do not worry about things you can’t control; especially the opinions and demands of others!
  9. Focus on the family and not the bling; you will be happier for it!
  10. Most importantly; take good care of yourself!

Follow these tips and you and your family will have the chance to enjoy the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”!

Do you want to learn more? Contact the Mid-Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center at 845-565-1162 extension 209.