Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle…Coping with Holiday Stress

Is your tinsel in a tangle?…It is so easy to get caught up in the Christmas Rush that we really don’t enjoy the Holidays as much as we should. How can we decompress emotionally from all the Yule Time stress?

Like most things, paying attention to our mindset and attitude is very important into making the most of our Holidays. Let’s untangle some of the negative thought patterns that keep us tense and uptight during this time of the year. One of the things we need to look at is our personal expectations for the holidays. They can be unrealistic. Be careful of the “all or nothing attitude”. We do not need to be a prisoner to such thoughts. This will set us up for disappointment. Instead of getting bogged down by wishing your holidays were different, how about focusing on what it is and accept it… even if it is a little different than what you anticipated.

It is also helpful and important to:

STOP AND SAVOR AND ENJOY THE MOMENTS THAT ARE SPECIAL. Taking time with family and friends with relaxed and meaningful conversations can help us slow down and realize that people are more important than things. There are a lot of churches that offer special Christmas music programs and also Christmas Eve services that help us reflect on God’s love for us in a powerful way.

CHERISH THE GOOD MEMORIES. Reflect on those favorite stories and experiences you had growing up. Sharing those memories with others reinforces the goodness of those in your mind and heart.

SHARE WITH OTHERS. Christmas is more about giving than getting. Remember John 3:16… For God so loved the World that He GAVE us His Son Jesus to be our Savior. We are never more like God’s children than when we give to others. Loving God and loving people is always a recipe for a good Christmas to really experience Peace on Earth and Good Will to Others.

My prayer for you and me is that we will have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas this year.

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