Thursday, August 17, 2017

An Overlooked Strategy For Reducing Holiday Stress

The busyness of the holidays can make your stress levels soar. With only 20 days left until Christmas, here are just a few of the things you may need to get done:

  • Decorating your home (inside & out), including buying a Christmas tree and hanging Christmas lights.
  • Shopping for holiday food items, menu planning.
  • Baking cookies and special treats.
  • Shopping for presents; Trying to find a parking place.
  • Searching for just the right presents.
  • Dinners & holiday parties to go to.
  • Special programs: pageants, church services & school concerts.
  • Christmas cards to write and send.
  • Packages to mail.
  • Talking with family and friends on the phone.
  • Getting the house ready for company.
  • Holiday travel & arrangements to make.

 

Does this list cause you to feel stressed?  In the next 20 days, you may not have much time for exercise or relaxation.  You need a method of quickly reducing your stress that doesn’t take a lot of time.

In my own life, I have found prayer to be very helpful for reducing stress.  I pray quick short prayers throughout the day.  I often ask God for strength and patience.  I pray for my family and friends. I try to remember to thank God for blessings, both large and small.  I’ve found that prayer really improves my attitude.  I feel more at peace and I look at things from a bigger perspective.  How about you? Has prayer helped you deal with stress?

 

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