Navigating the Holiday Hustle: Embracing Changes in Your Schedule

The holiday season is a magical time filled with joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, it often brings a whirlwind of activities and events that can turn your well-planned schedule upside down. Dealing with changes in your routine during this festive period can be challenging, but with a positive mindset and a few strategies, you can navigate the holiday hustle with ease. Embrace Flexibility The first step in handling changes to your schedule is to embrace flexibility. Understand that the holiday season comes with unexpected surprises and that it’s okay to deviate from your usual routine. Adopting a flexible mindset allows you to go with the flow and enjoy the spontaneity that often accompanies this time of year. Prioritize Self-Care Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s crucial to prioritize self-care. Whether it’s taking a moment for yourself with a cup of tea, going for a brisk walk, or simply enjoying some quiet time, self-care helps you recharge and stay resilient in the face of changing schedules. Remember, taking care of yourself is a gift to both you and those around you. Plan Ahead While flexibility is key, planning ahead can help you stay organized and reduce stress. Make a list of your priorities and commitments, and allocate time for them in your schedule. This way, you can accommodate unexpected changes more easily and ensure that you don’t overlook important tasks or events. Communicate Openly Communication is crucial, especially during the holiday season. If you anticipate changes in your schedule or commitments, communicate openly with those involved. Letting friends, family, or colleagues know in advance can help manage expectations and avoid misunderstandings. Honest communication fosters understanding and support from those around you. Find Joy in the Moment Rather than dwelling on disruptions to your schedule, find joy in the present moment. Embrace the spontaneity and create new traditions or memories with loved ones. Remember that the holiday season is about making connections and cherishing time spent with family and friends, rather than adhering strictly to a predefined schedule. Learn to Say No It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holiday season and overcommit to various activities. Learning to say no when necessary is a valuable skill. Prioritize your well-being and focus on the activities that bring you the most joy. Saying no allows you to maintain a balanced schedule and avoid unnecessary stress. Conclusion The holiday season is a time for celebration, reflection, and creating lasting memories. Embracing changes in your schedule with flexibility, self-care, planning, communication, and a positive mindset can help you navigate the holiday hustle with grace. By finding joy in the present moment and prioritizing what truly matters, you’ll not only survive but thrive during this festive time of year.

Dealing with holiday stress

Ah, the holiday hustle and bustle! It can get a bit overwhelming, huh? One trick is to set realistic expectations. You don’t have to create a picture-perfect holiday—it’s more about enjoying the time with your family. Also, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. Everyone can chip in, and it takes some of the pressure off. And hey, take a breather when you need to. Sneak in some moments of self-care, even if it’s just a few deep breaths in a quiet corner. What are your go-to stress busters during the holidays?

5 Games Kids Can Play While Traveling

Games can be a fun and effective way to help develop executive function skills in children. Many games require planning, organization, and the ability to adjust strategies as needed, which are all important executive function skills. Games also help children develop working memory, attention, and self-regulation, as they need to remember the rules, pay attention to their opponents, and manage their emotions. Additionally, playing games in a social setting can help children develop social skills, such as turn-taking, collaboration, and communication, which are also important for success in school and life. Overall, playing games can provide a fun and engaging way for children to practice and improve their executive function skills, while also promoting social and emotional development. If you would like more ideas, visit our Parent Resources.

How Can We De-Stress The Holiday Season?

The holidays are in full swing. And while it may be the “happiest time of year” that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come without stress! Check out some of the following tips for how to de-stress your holidays! If you’d like some more strategies or ideas for your child don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Midwest Educational Therapy and Associates Facebook, YouTube channel and at www.metaoh.

Dealing With Holiday Stress In Children

Dealing With Holiday Stress In Children The holiday season can be a time of great joy and happiness, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety for children. There are so many things to worry about during the holidays-whether you will get the gifts you want, if your family will be together, whether you will be able to see your friends, and on and on. The best way to deal with holiday stress in children is…  Let them know that it is okay to feel stressed and that you are there to help them. If your child is anxious about not getting the gifts they want… If they are worried about being away from family… The most important thing is to be there for your child. Let them know that they can come to you with any questions or concerns they have and that you will help them to deal with whatever comes up. Midwest Educational Therapists & Associates has ideas and activities to help deal with holiday stress on our website. We have a stress relieving coloring book, videos, and links to other content you might find helpful.  If you need assistance please reach out to Midwest Educational Therapists & Associates at 614-625-1771. Visit the website at

Find Your Summer Friends!

As summer ramps up with social activities like vacations, visits to the pool or hanging out with others, kids and teens can struggle to make connections to friends. Summer is a great time to deepen friendships and work on social skills. Looking ahead, setting up structured social times and having good social role models or wingmen, can go a long way to help make the summer more enjoyable. For more information, reach out to us on our Midwest Educational Therapy and Associates Facebook page or YouTube channel.