The fall is the beginning of an extremely busy holiday season, bringing on holiday after holiday. The holidays are known as a time for giving presents, but more importantly, it is about family. Spending time with your family during the holidays is the true gift, especially when there is such a disconnect from them all year long. It is a time to reconnect with your family, and it gives you a lot of benefits, both emotionally and mentally. Your family accepts you despite your flaws, and they are the foundation of love and support.
Many studies have shown that spending time with your family improves your overall self. It makes you happier, and healthier. Children will get better grades in school, and have higher self esteem because of the closeness they have with their family. Around the holidays, this is especially needed because it can be a stressful time for everyone. Parents deal with work related stress, while kids face school stress. Take the time to create quality time with each other, practice sharing, decorate cookies together, or ride through the neighborhood and look at all the lights. De-stress together and make the holidays a memorable one with each other. Presents are fun, but the memories we create together is what will last forever.
Talking with your parents or kids, and hugging them releases the feel good hormones in our bodies that reduces stress. The closer you are with your family, then the more you are able to cope and deal with a crisis.
A Strong Support System
Family loves you unconditionally, supports your dreams, and always has your back. Remember to lean on each other, especially during the holidays. Parents should interact with their kids, listen to their needs, and back their dreams. Uplifting each other will give all of you the confidence to achieve anything.
Start A Family Tradition
A family tradition is a great way to connect families together. As families evolve, grow, and multiply, having a tradition is a fun and easy way to engage together. A family tradition will be passed on, and will help instill family values, bonding, and love. It is never too late to begin a tradition if you have not begun one already. You can take your family to a soup kitchen and teach them the meaning of kindness and humility. Bake together, create a scavenger hunt, or family game nights. Something as small as these gestures will create a lifetime of happiness together.
Family provides unconditional love, and around the holidays, it is especially need it. It is a time to unwind from the stressors we deal with on a day to day basis. You can rely on each other, create traditions together, strengthen relationships, and become overall happier and healthier. What could be better? Take the time to create some memories with your family this season.