Inside: Are you stressed and angst-filled during the Holidays? Want to know why self-care is especially important during this time of the year?
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I’m sharing my tips and advice on how to get through the Holiday season with less stress and tension on Faith Along the Way today! Come check it out!
The holidays are approaching… are you ready?
Every year, I envision myself sitting close to the Christmas tree with hot chocolate in hand while I read the Christmas classics. Or maybe I even indulge in the Hallmark’s channels full month of Christmas movies.
But who am I kidding? It’s a time for always more: more food, shopping, places to be.
The season passes by before I even find myself enjoying anything about the holiday season.
A Stressful Time of the Year
The best time of the year can also be the hardest time of the year. The time of peace has been exchanged for a time of chaos.
Do you get caught up in the rat race to do more during the months of November till January?
Have you told yourself in the past that you need to just push through your fatigue and stress to get it all done?
Or maybe the Holidays bring bad memories or even pain?
For many, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year.
So we rush, we stress, and we run ourselves ragged in order to accomplish what we envision to be the perfect place setting, holiday décor, or gifts wrapped to a Martha-Stewart perfection.
If you’re anything like me (and I hope you aren’t) I transverse these weeks irritable and crabby. My mind and heart want to invite people in and extend love but instead because of my tension, I push people away.
All of this because I want to have it all together especially this time of the year. I have to get it right for my kids and those around me.
The truth is while I try and appear to have it all together, I fall apart because it’s just too stressful.
I Miss What God is Doing When I’m Stressed
What I’ve noticed is that when I’m tightly affixed to what I want, it doesn’t allow God to interrupt me.
When He puts people in my path, I miss what He’s doing. Not only in my life but what He’s trying to do within me.
Somehow along the way, self-care has been touted as something bad, maybe even selfish. How dare we care for ourselves when we have so much to do?
However, we can rest assured that self-care is a Biblical principle.
Not only did God utilize it after the six days of creation, but Jesus modeled it many times during His earthly ministry.
(Mark 6:31-32, NLT).
31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.
32 So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone.
God is For Self-Care
Here’s the thing: we need self-care.
We can’t fill others or even be useful to God when we aren’t taking care of ourselves.
Some of us might directly think of lounging on the couch for hours at a time, and while this can be self-care, I’m talking more of the things that fill us and keep us balanced physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
We are creatures prone to self-sabotage. Eating well, exercise, getting enough sleep, spending time with God are all things we know we should do every day. However, how many of us make the excuse that we’re too busy.
Day after day we make excuses and then wonder why we feel off-kilter and unbalanced in our lives.
The beauty of self-care is that it allows us to feel better and in turn helps us accomplish more.
Establishing self-care is something countercultural in our constant tizzy instant gratification world. It requires pulling back and slowing down.
It requires changing the mindset that in our rushed state we can accomplish more. The fact of the matter is slowing down to recharge helps us accomplish more in less time.
Want to know how to practice self-care over the Holiday season? Follow me to Faith Along the Way!
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