5 Ways thatCan Ease Holiday Stress

June 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
  1. Plan Ahead Lindsay says you should broach the subject of holidays before you agree to a job. For example, some employers may want you to travel with them on holiday trips. “For me, being able to participate in my religious practices on holidays is very important, so before agreeing to travel I discussed this with the family to make sure that I could have the time off and the ability to attend services,” Lindsay says.And make sure these details appear in your contract — along with how many vacation days you receive and whether they are paid or unpaid. Additionally, once the holidays are on the horizon, have a sit down with your employer to compare schedules before things get crazy. Having a plan for the season will lessen the likelihood of additional demands on your time springing up unexpectedly and give you time to plan for all that needs to be done with both of your families.
  2. Know Your Priorities If you aren’t comfortable skipping church on Christmas or can’t fathom giving up your annual New Year’s Eve party, don’t work those times. Make sure your employer knows your limits and voice your opinion if a request is unreasonable. While it’s great to help out, it’s also important to be balanced and happy, or your Grinch mood will carry through to your job.
  3. Be Flexible Having an open mind is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the family you care for. Enjoy the holidays and take the opportunity to learn something about a new culture, about your family and about their traditions.Lindsay suggests you, “Share traditions if you can and if you feel comfortable. I’ve worked for families who have completely different religious and cultural traditions from mine. If the family is open to including you, it’s well worth taking advantage of the opportunity to expand your horizons and experiences. Approaching these differences as something exciting to learn about rather than as something uncomfortable or intimidating can add a lot of fun and joy to the holidays.”
  4. Schedule Free Time How can you de-stress if you don’t have any free time to do it? “I schedule 20 minutes of every day, usually in the evening, to just be me without fulfilling any responsibility and to do something which relaxes me,” Lindsay shares. “I might read a non-work related book, watch a little TV, take a bubble bath or call a friend just to chat.”Adds Tyman: “Nannies who take time to nourish themselves are far more likely to do their jobs well.” To build in a bit more “me” time, she suggests designating a reading nook in your employer’s house and encouraging 15 minutes of quiet reading. Nannies can set an excellent example for children by reading to them in the nook or by enjoying a book of their own. “If children already enjoy reading time, adding another relaxing activity to the weekly routine, such as beginner’s yoga or sunny walks, will benefit both the nanny and the kids,” suggest Tyman.
  5. Get Creative Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the season. Encourage kids to join in the celebrations. “Brainstorming and designing homemade gifts and decorations is another way to enjoy the extra demands of the holiday season, with children,” Tyman says. “Kids love taking a trip to the local craft store, purchasing supplies and making gifts with their nanny.”

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