The Autism Holiday Success Bundle is here!
So, do you love the holiday season, but sometimes get a little bit overwhelmed with all the extra stress and changes that go on? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Holiday stress is common, so let’s talk about how to ease some of the worry and have a smoother holiday season.
Holiday celebrations can bring special challenges for a lot of people with autism. The holidays are a fun time. It can be a time of joy, excitement, and anticipation. It can also be stressful. Holiday get-togethers can be loud and crowded.
Keep the following holiday tips in mind to help reduce holiday stress this coming holiday seasons:
Sometimes, a little family time can go a long way. Family
get-togethers can be wonderful, but they can also wear you out in a hurry.
There’s no shame in taking a break and going for a walk, heading to the
store, or finding a new place in the house to recharge your batteries.
The days are shorter in the northern hemisphere during the
winter months. Many people are sensitive to not getting enough sunlight. Sit by
a window with good sun exposure and get all the sunlight you can for an hour
each day. You’ll feel less stressed. Use the time to read a book or make phone
With all the cookies, pies, candy, and other unhealthy foods so
prevalent this time of year, it’s even more important to focus on your diet than usual. Eating a lot of junk food leads to a stressed body. Be kind to yourself and keep your food intake as healthy as possible.
The holidays bring chaos. Bad weather, more traffic,
travel, crowds, and more people than you’re used to dealing with in your home.
Expect that nothing will go as planned and decide to enjoy the holidays
anyway. Chances are, things will turn out better than you thought they
Trying to do too much can create stress regardless
of the time of year.
Plan to see the people that are most important to you and skip the rest.
Give yourself days off.
Only attend the parties that are most important to you. Strive for quality
It’s easier to relax and enjoy yourself when you feel grateful. You
worry less about the mishaps, inconveniences, and perceived slights when
gratitude is in your heart. Remember, you have a lot to be grateful for!
The holidays are stressful enough without creating
more holiday stress by overspending. Avoid the trap of believing that you have to spend
a lot of money to make someone happy. Gifts are soon forgotten, but the bills
can last a long, long time.
Plan days off during the holidays. Use this time however you
please. You can do whatever you want with your day off. Consider giving
yourself a day off before and after big get-togethers. You might need it!
Enjoy the holidays but do what you can to minimize the amount of stress involved.
Spend quality time with your family decorating your Christmas tree, cooking and enjoying a holiday meal, and putting up holiday decorations. Incorporate familiar items into the decorating process to reduce anxiety.
Create a calm space for your child to go to when stressful situations arise. Holiday celebrations often have bright lights, loud noises, new foods, and a lot of people.
It’s a good idea to make sure to provide a quiet room which is a safe place free of excess sensory input.
You can have successful holidays with family members by following these quick tips and a little pre-planning.