How to Enjoy Your Christmas Break - Relax

Can you believe it’s December already? Christmas will be here in a few weeks and so will Christmas break. We hope all our readers take advantage of this time to be intentional about planning for and enjoying their break. This week we came up with several ideas that you can do as an individual or family over your break.

Start a new tradition- One of the best parts of this time of year is all the nostalgia that comes along with traditions. But we all know that as our kids get older, they may not be into the old holiday traditions. So it's time to start a new one! Brainstorm as a family something you all would like to participate in, and declare it as your new holiday tradition. I'm sure you'll come up with some fun ones! Some of my personal favorites are having a gingerbread house building contest, a family snowball fight or football game, or watching "Polar Express".

Remember that it is BREAK!- Christmas break should be just that- a break. It should be a time for the kids and adults to de-stress and unwind. Make sure that you use this time as an actual break and don't over schedule. You don't want to start of the new year going back to work and school exhausted.

Sleep in or take a nap- I'm sure you won't get to do this the whole break, but plan at least one day for you to sleep in or take a nap and allow you body to catch up. Most of us are running all over with busy schedules that we don't always get the rest our bodies need. Try to use this time of year to get rejuvenated and practice great self care!

We will have more ideas all week- so keep checking in! Blessings to all of you and your families this Christmas!

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Renewed Horizon Counseling.