The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. However, it can also be the most stressful and anxiety filled time of year. So much is going on and so much needs to happen. It can feel like everything is crashing down on you at once! But there are a few things one can do to forgo or limit the amount of stress he or she will feel.
1) Focus on God.
We have all heard someone say “He is the reason for the season,” right? To be quite honest, I hate when people say this. It annoys me to no end. However, the people who go around spreading this news as if no one has ever considered it before, are actually right! Sometimes people need a reminder (including myself) that it’s not about the holiday itself, it’s about Christ. So focus on God, read your bible and pray to the Almighty.
2) Slow down.
During this time of year everyone is moving a hundred miles an hour. And while this sort of thing may be fun and exciting, it puts undue stress on a person. This stress causes people to forget what they celebrate, why they celebrate, and who they celebrate. When we forget these things, this time of year is no different than any other. To quote Taylor Swift, “Today holds something special, something holy and not superficial. So here’s to the the birthday boy who saved our lives. It’s something we all try to ignore and put a wreathe up on your door. But here’s something you should know that is for sure, Christmas must be something more!”
3) Wake up early.
I know that the last thing you want to do is wake up earlier than necessary on your break from school and/or work. However, doing this allows a) you to get more stuff done and b) have a peaceful morning which starts your day off right! Usually I would not be awake before 9 or 10 during my break, however here I am at 8am writing a blog post. Trust me, I understand that it can be hard to get out of bed, to want to start your day, to wake up in general. But here’s the thing, waking up early allows me to get some alone time and spend some of that with God which helps my overall day and gets me in good spirits. So try it! Set that alarm an hour or two before you would usually get up, have a peaceful mindset, say “thank You” to the God who allowed you to live another day, and drink some coffee (or tea if that’s your thing).
Bonus things you can do: spend time the people who mean the most to you, help other people who need it, be generous, listen to good Christmas music, and take nature walks even if it’s cold (but not if it’s raining, I wouldn’t want you to get sick).
Merry Christmas, you guys!