Once upon a time there was a utopian family who loved each other very much. The thought of the arrival of in-laws brought nothing but joy over the extended 5 day weekend. The mother in-law did nothing but love and compliment the parenting style of their grandchildren and raved over the wife’s cooking. Doesn’t ring any bells? Hmm….well we have 1 simple tip on how to get through those long days of backseat parenting, anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
Get outside and go for an adventure! **
This holiday season get your kids and in-laws out of the “normalized” world and take the WHOLE family on an adventure. You will get your own dose of “adventure therapy” which will deepen your sense of trust and interdependence among the whole family. You may just realize how much you really do love your in-laws cooking. Hugs and kisses will probably be shared at the end.
Destress with a dose of nature. If surviving the holiday’s wears you out than the outdoors is just what YOU need. Most people feel stronger and healthier after a good dose of the outdoors. That means you will have more strength and patience to deal with the holidays.
Do you feel like your blood pressure is through the roof each holiday season? Fear not. Time spent around trees lowers blood pressure and exercising in the woods reduces blood pressure as well as the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline. The correlation here - those benefits help to decrease levels of depression, anxiety, anger and fatigue. That means you can keep you happy face on.
A few other reasons to get outside that maybe are not scientifically proven…
If your in-laws are having a peak adventure they will be too worried about themselves to tell you how to live your life.
Exercise give you endorphins and endorphins make you happy. Who doesn’t like a happy family?
Family is like fish…they may start to stink after 3 days. That means it is time to get them outside and freshen them up with the wind blowing through their hair.
This holiday season build every lasting memories with the whole family. Get out of your comfort zone and get out for an adventure.