5 Ways For Moms To Stay Sane During The Holidays

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks
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The holiday season is always my favorite season but I enjoy it more now especially as a mom.

I love watching my kids’ reactions about meeting Santa, seeing fake snow, watching Christmas movies, decorating cookies, passing out baked goods, surprising their friends with treats, and opening their gifts.

As it gets closer to Christmas, the reality sets in. My family’s schedule gets busier. There are more things to get done in time for Christmas. Parties and events to attend. Gifts to buy. Sweets to make. Since the holiday season can be hectic, I often look for ways to maintain my sanity during the holidays.

Here are 5 ways for moms to stay sane during the holidays so you could enjoy spending time with the people who matter most.

 

Shop for gifts online ahead of time.

Avoid going to stores if possible, navigating through the crowds and standing in long lines especially with the kids. I despise waiting in a long line while handling my cranky kids. It is even worse when you try to do Christmas shopping at the last minute. So. Many. People everywhere. No, thank you!

So, I do most of my shopping ahead of time behind a laptop with my cup of hot coffee, my favorite snack lately, Jif® Power Ups ™ Apple Cinnamon Creamy Clusters, and a Christmas movie playing in the background for the kids!

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks

Let go of the expectations.

You may dream of making tons of beautifully decorated cookies, do a pile of holiday crafts, be the house with the best Christmas lights, and host a fun party that people will never stop talking about. You can’t do everything and/or have it be perfect. Let the kids decorate the cookies and make a mess! It is ok if the crafts you make aren’t pin-worthy. Don’t worry if anything doesn’t go your way. Be reasonable with your goals. Try not to stress or feel guilty over what you can’t get done.

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks

Set a budget.

It is so easy to spend, spend, and spend a lot of money during the holidays. Not just for loved ones’ Christmas gifts, but there are plenty of entertainment and parties going on. Have a budget in place for the gifts, entertainment, and parties. This is another reason why I love to shop online because I can just focus on what I am looking for and avoid being tempted by other things.

Save money by using coupons or buying things on sale like these Jif® Power Ups ™ Creamy Peanut Butter Chewy Bars! They are on sale at Publix starting today until 1/31/19 with a coupon to save $.75 off any one Jif® Power Ups™ Creamy Clusters or Chewy Granola Bars 5 ct!

Be comfortable with saying, “No.”

You may find yourself wanting or feeling obliged to do everything during the holiday season and fill your schedule to the max. There are many functions to attend during the holidays. Avoid feeling like you should have done this or that. Limit commitments and be choosy. Pick which ones you and your family would truly enjoy and put you in a festive mood. Do what you know you can manage and not get burned out. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed.

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks

Take a break to do some self-care.

Self-care is imperative all year long but it is especially important during the holidays with all those added stress. What do I do to treat myself? When my kids are napping or away from home, I take a couple of minutes to myself to sit on the couch with a  cup of coffee and a chewy granola bar like these Jif® Power Ups ™ Creamy Peanut Butter Chewy Bars and watch an episode of a TV show.

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks

If I really need to get away from everything, I’d go for a quiet stroll in the neighborhood to take in the fresh air and treat myself with some of my favorite snacks like these Jif® Power Ups ™ Apple Cinnamon Creamy Clusters. YUM!

During the year, I usually make snacks like energy balls for the kids and I. However, during the busy time of the year, I barely have time because I have a lot of things on my plate. So, I grabbed those Jif Power Ups ™ in two forms – Creamy Clusters (similar to energy balls) and Chewy Granola Bars when I spotted these in the breakfast cereal aisle the last time I went to Publix.

Moms can easily get burned out during the holidays. Here are 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays. Save time, money, and your sanity! #CollectiveBias #PublixWinWinSnacks

I am obsessed with nut butter, so these Jif Power Ups ™ looked appealing from the start because peanuts are the first ingredient! So, I thought I’d give them a try. They are so filling, energizing, and delicious! They definitely helped to curb my cravings, especially around those holiday sweets. I’ve already tried several different flavors and they are so GOOD!

Anyways, these are my 5 ways to stay sane during the holidays!

How do you make sure you stay sane during the holidays? What is your favorite self-care activity?!

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14 Discussion to this post

  1. Stephanie says:

    My husband and I always set a budget for gifts for our boys, and do most of our shopping online. I hate dealing with crowds, so shopping centers at this time of the year just stresses me out!

  2. Setting time for myself is the one I need to remember for this year. We will be travelling and I need to enjoy every minute of it and I’ll do that better if I have down time!

  3. Neely Moldovan says:

    I did 99% of my shopping online and IM done. Its glorious!

  4. I have just recently started to be comfortable saying No. It was so hard for me to tell my children no.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Setting a budget is a must! We budget $50 for our son and $10-15 for our family members. Sometimes we may go a little over but we have learned it helps keep the craziness at bay when we stick to the budget

  6. Never heard of these Jif thingies but they look yum! As for your five tips, all I can say is YES YES YES YES YES!!!!! Learned each and every one the hard way – glad I’m not alone! 🙂

  7. These are great tips… I really need to set a budget and take some time out at Christmas time that’s for sure!

  8. Margaret says:

    Great tips – I’m always in such a rush before the Holidays that I forget to take a moment here and there to breathe! I always like to make a priority list and the “nice to do but not necessary” for the Holidays. I’m happy to get through the priority list!

  9. Jack branson says:

    Ah, spending money like the time. When we have fun, we dont know how much we spent unless we think twice haha. Nices tips 🙂

  10. Joshua says:

    Great tips for staying sane during the holidays. It is easy to become overwhelmed, but I find that to be unnecessary.

  11. chelf says:

    letting go of the expectations is a great rule that applies to everyone I think, even those of us who are not mothers. It’s the only thing that ruins the holidays for me and I would like to apply that and see how it goes this year

  12. Elizabeth O says:

    All excellent tips and I hope all our moms will follow them. Less stress during this season is imperative.

  13. Christa says:

    Yes to all of this! I’m always so busy planning and doing, I don’t always get to fully enjoy the holiday. This year I’m working on letting go of expectations and saying no. Moms deserve a peaceful holiday, too!

  14. I’ve always been a Skippy girl but these Jif Power Ups look too tasty not to try! Plus, I definitely didn’t plan ahead (whoops) and need some extra energy to get through my holiday shopping list!

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