Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 22, 2013

Managing Holiday Stress Part II

Family Praying Before Dinner“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you….” Psalm 55:22a (NIV)

 More holiday stress tips to finish out our week:

  • Don’t over-do. Focus on a few areas that we can really enjoy. For example, it’s likely that most churches in our area will have Christmas events. Don’t try and go to all of them. Instead, choose one or two and plan on attending those. Same with gift gifting and charity work. We can’t do it all or give it all, so decide now what is most important and focus our time and attention on those things.
  • Schedule down time – nights where we have no plans except to spend time at home with family. Maybe that will involve sitting in front of a fire drinking hot cocoa, watching a Christmas movie, decorating cookies or a tree, or simply sitting quietly while listening to our favorite Christmas tunes or reading that cherished Christmas book. Whether or not we live alone, we can benefit from time alone. If we live alone and feel lonely during this time of year, intentionally plan to spend time with others. Even if we are away from family and/or friends, we can get involved in a local church or volunteer to surround ourselves with others.

 

And, above all, spend time focusing on what really matters this season. We will talk more about family (and dealing with that stress) and “the reason for the season” over the next couple of weeks. By the way, all of these tips can also help with managing holiday blues. If you find that your feelings seem more severe consider seeking out professional counseling. Find someone local here: http://www.aacc.net/resources/find-a-counselor/

 “Father, help us to remember that You are the reason for the season and everything else will fall into place.”

 For His Glory,

 Laurel Shaler (www.drlaurelshaler.com)
TRBC Coffee Break

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