With Thanksgiving approaching (seriously…WHERE did this year go??!?!) our focus is turning to festivities and family get-togethers. This time of year gets busy. Between gearing up for Thanksgiving, traveling for the holidays, keeping the kids busy when they’re out of school and preparing for Christmas….this time of year can get stressful!

Take a breather and check out these tips for slowing things down and enjoying the holiday season.

Make some space. You may not be able to take a long vacation, but you can take full advantage of your weekend or day off with a quick, local road trip! Hampton Roads has such awesome scenery! From trails to lots of beach locations to close proximity to great mountain get-aways, Virginia is an awesome fall destination spot! If you are looking for a quick day trip, check out the great fall scenery and festivities in Williamsburg. If you want to hit the trails locally, check out the wooded paths at First Landing State Park. Hit the road, hit the trails, walk the beach…..get outside!

Simplify your plans. Do you try to get to every holiday get-together? Is your social calendar packed with festivals, parties, dinners, events and general holiday meet ups? Try simplifying your holiday schedule. Some families choose to alternate holidays with extended families. Others choose to hold their own celebrations on the holiday and visit with family and friends either before or after the calendar holiday day. Whatever works best for your family, find a plan to simplify this holiday season.

Many hands make light work. There is an old saying, “many hands make light work”. Whether that means letting the kiddos help out, soliciting your spouse or significant other to help in the kitchen, or accepting help from family and friends in prepping your awesome holiday meals, give it a try! Not only can it be really fun to have help with meal prep, it can also make for some great memories and stories down the road.

Enjoy the season. What are some of your favorite things about this season? Bon fires? Fire pits? Pumpkin picking and carving? Yummy soups? Whatever your favorite things are, consider putting together a family and friend get together for all of your favorite seasonal things. Consider making a day of it (scenic fall drive, pumpkin picking, pumpkin spice lattes, farmer’s market….) or making an evening of it (pumpkin carving, soup potluck, fire pit and smores…). Whatever you enjoy, take a break from the holiday rush and enjoy!

Have a plan. Did you know that people who plan out their schedules and use an organizational system to stay on track are statistically less stressed? Take a look at your upcoming commitments and make a plan. If you feel like you still have way too much to accomplish over the season, take a look at what you can remove from the list. Some things like holiday cards can be automated to simplify your to-do list.

Here’s wishing you a happy and stress-free holiday season!

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All the Best,



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