by: Nicole Roberts
It’s that time of year! Houses are laced with sparkly lights, the Christmas tree is up, and presents are ready to be wrapped. Yet, the time of the year that is meant to bring joy and cheer, can be drowned out with the busyness and stress of the season. We can often forget the simplicity of the holidays and to take time to slow down and enjoy it. Here are some ways you can relieve the stress of the holidays and fully embrace the “meaning of the season”.
- Design A Plan – Make a list of all that you have to do and cross each item off as you complete it. This helps keep order and prevent the stress of forgetting details. Even keeping a timeline of when you want these items completed, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by waiting until the last minute. Prepare ahead of time what traditions you want to keep, and what you want to do at certain family functions. This might make you a little less stressed or anxious.
- Don’t Overcommit – During the holiday season, it is very easy to fill up our schedules with activities and not set boundaries. When we over commit, we allow ourselves to be spread too thin, which causes us to become tired, frustrated, and stressed. This takes the joy out of the season, making it feel like more of an obligation. Remember it’s okay to say “no” to things you really do not want to do.
- Create a Space – Make a space for yourself that is peaceful and inviting. This could be your bedroom or another corner in your house. You could light candles, play Christmas music, or set up some twinkly lights. It’s important to have a place you can go to be alone and recharge.
- Take in Every Moment – We can get busy during the holidays and forget to stop and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. Whether it’s drinking hot cocoa with a friend, decorating the Christmas tree with your family, or watching your favorite holiday movie. Allow yourself to be fully present in the moment with those around you. Remember at the core of the holidays, it is about the memories you make, with those who you love the most.
Nicole Roberts is finishing up at Liberty University in the Master’s Program of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has over 20 years experience in working with young women dealing with life issues, and desires for them to know their true identity in Christ and fulfill their God-given purpose. In her free time she enjoys traveling, blogging, and spending time with friends and family.