Thursday 19 December 2019

Don't Panic About The Sudden Disasters This Christmas

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While Christmas is fun for the kids, for mums, no matter how experienced, it can quickly cause the overwhelming feeling that something terrible will strike suddenly and without warning. This is enough to cause panic and wonder if it is all worth it. 

The good news is that it is all worth it. The bad news is that you cannot predict when disaster will strike. 

But this is okay. You’re a strong mother. You’re used to things not exactly going to plan; you’ve got this. But just in case you’re unsure of what could go wrong, here are some things that might happen over Christmas, and how you can overcome them. 

Getting Overwhelmed

With so much going on and so much to be done, getting overwhelmed over Christmas is almost guaranteed. However, allowing yourself to become overwhelmed with responsibilities or the feeling that what you’re doing won’t go right is a surefire way to encounter disaster. 

It’s essential, then, to make sure you take some time to yourself and not put too much pressure on yourself. If you’re tasked with making Christmas dinner, delegate the more manageable tasks to your partner, or even your kids if they’re old enough. Make it a family affair, more than you doing all the work. 

If you are worried about dealing with potentially toxic relatives, do your best to remind yourself that it is only for one day, and with everything you’ve dealt with in your life, you can cope with this quickly enough. 

Too Much Fun

You expect your kids to have lots of fun over Christmas, you probably actively encourage it. But what happens when they have too much fun, get overexcited, and end up hurting themselves? 

Sudden injuries at the worst times mean you’ll need to take a trip to the hospital or the Emergency dentist if they damage their teeth from too much running, tripping and falling. No mother wants to see their kids in pain, but with a plan in place to deal with any problems immediately, you’ll feel much more confident that Christmas can carry on as usual as soon as they’re discharged.

Things You Forget

There will also be things that you forget, whether it’s extra people coming for dinner or leaving the pudding in the oven for too long. For some people, this is enough to ruin Christmas, but it shouldn’t, so just relax. 

If you do manage to leave something in the oven too long, make sure you have a backup plan in place. It may not be the exact Christmas you were planning, but with a positive attitude, it creates a story that you can tell for years to come, and as long as you make a joke about it, everyone else will, too. At least they hopefully will.

Overcoming Whatever 

Christmas can be stressful and overwhelming, but often, there is not a lot you can do to stop the disasters happening. What you can do, though, is to keep a positive attitude and ride out any emergencies as best you can; besides, there’s always next year to try again. 

*This is a collaborative post*
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