This time of year, it’s easy to feel more stressed than blessed — overwhelmed by all the extra commitments and responsibilities. Anxious, hassled, frazzled.
It’s true that some things are out of our control… life happens, even at the holidays. Maybe even especially at the holidays. But there are some things you can do to have a happier, less-stressed holiday:
5. Honor God by honoring the body He’s given you.
Most of us are tempted to skip our healthy routines over the holidays, but this is when we need them most! Nutritionists say that exhaustion may actually be dehydration… so drink lots of water. And that crankiness may be low blood sugar — so stock up on healthy snacks you can grab on the go. Eat light and healthy when you can, so the damage isn’t so bad when you can’t.
And every chance you get, walk! Don’t think of it as exercise; think of it as time to unwind and clear your head — or time to pray. When you get to the mall, do a few laps before you start shopping. It seems counter-intuitive, but you’ll actually have more energy, more strength, more clarity and focus.
Get your rest — and you’ll get more done in less time the next day. Keep your drs appointments and if you feel something coming on, take Barney Fife’s advice: nip it in the bud!
4. Make a list of must-haves / must-dos / must-sees.
What are the traditions that mean the most to you? Are there special books, movies, music, foods, games, activities, services? Brainstorm with your family — because we each have our own list. (I always take my nephews to see the Nutcracker Ballet. My sister-in-law likes to watch White Christmas. My dad wants to drive around and look at Christmas lights. My mom — and now my sister — make my great-grandmother’s shortbread.) Put these things on the calendar NOW so