“Time flies when you’re having fun,” and boy did we! It sure doesn’t seem like we should already be heading into 2020, but there are only a few weeks left before it’s here. If you’re wondering where the time has gone, don’t let the busyness of the holidays keep you from slowing down to enjoy yourself before the year is out. In fact, the stress of the holidays is a good reason in and of itself to carve out some quality time with your partner, kids, siblings, or parents.
According to the American Psychological Association, 38% of us feel more stressed out during the holidays, and other studies have shown that over half of us struggle with financial stress during the holidays. It’s undeniable that there’s a lot of pressure to spend money—on gifts, travel, parties, food and drinks, etc.—and many people feel that their spending is a reflection on how much they love their family and friends. If this is all sounding a bit too familiar (and probably stressing you out), don’t worry. Just check out our tips for making family memories this holiday season.
Focus on quality time over quantity of time.
Take a deep breath and let go of your mental to-do list for a minute. When was the last time you really slowed down and enjoyed laughing with your kids or dancing with your spouse? It’s easy to fall into the holiday FOMO (fear of missing out) trap, especially since we’re bombarded with everyone else’s highlight reels on social media. Just remember that those Instagram images aren’t the whole truth, and you don’t have to do it all. In fact, you can’t!
Instead, focus on being present in the moment with your loved ones. At the end of the day, your kids are more likely to look back and smile on their childhood memories of hanging out with you than on whether or not everyone had matching sweaters in the group photos with Santa.
Give the gift of experiences.
With that in mind, take a break from the shopping and make some memories with your family! Roller skating is a great way to have fun while also being active; especially important at this time of year when we’re surrounded by rich food and decadent treats.
Your kids will appreciate burning off some energy at the skating rink, and the adults can take a break from holiday stress to enjoy feeling like a kid again, too. After all, it’s hard to be stressed when you’re cruising around on wheels to your favorite music.
Hosting out of town family for the holidays? Don’t let cabin fever set in. Get everyone off the couch and join us for one of our public skating sessions.