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December Holidays: Stress No More
2021 is hurdling to an end and many have mixed emotions as the holiday season kicks off. Where will they find a job? Will there be money for the usual Christmas gift? Is travel home going to be possible with the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 running rampant, etc.? We seem to have more questions than answers and we are buffeted on all sides with the news, crime, family stressors, etc. I am not sure about you, but I am stressed. But as I stopped recently to catch a breath, the Lord reminded me that I did not need to stress, but to pray. Yes, you and I need not stress if Christ is our Savior and Lord. He encourages us to cast all our care on him as he cares for us. He can handle anything. Give him a try! Take him at his word!
In Philippians 4:6, God’s word reminds us “not to be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” In other words, pray, not stress. So as worry and stress tugs on your heart, stop to take a breath, and bring it to God. He can do anything but fail. So, be encouraged that he cares for you when the month has more days than dollars, when the doctor’s diagnosis is dismal, when the spouse has walked away, and in any circumstances, you find yourself in this December. God is always the answer!
In addition to bringing everything to God. Here are a few other tips for reducing your stress levels this December.
1. Grieve – If you lost someone this year and this is difficult for you, recognize where you are, and allow yourself time to grieve. Grieving is a natural part of healing and acknowledging that you are hurting is ok. You may also be grieving the loss of freedom to travel and spend time with loved ones due to COVID-19. If you need help getting through your grief, consider talking with a professional counselor, Pastor, or call our ministry at 404-500-9204.
2. Pamper yourself – Treat yourself. Order a fancy meal at home, have a movie night, take a luxurious bubble bath, or do whatever you like during your time of rest. It is ok to enjoy your own company and recharge.
3. Avoid toxic thinkers – As the saying goes, “misery loves company.” If this is a difficult time for you, try to avoid negative thinkers and connect with people who are positive-minded this time of year. You know what and who you can handle during this time. Honor yourself by choosing whom you spend time with this December.
4. Start a new tradition – This time of year is a perfect opportunity to start a new tradition, such as virtually reaching out to others who are alone, cooking a new recipe or cuisine, and organizing things you have meant to do. By creating a new tradition, you create new opportunities to connect to others.
5. Video chat – With so many ways to communicate, we have several methods to stay connected. These programs can include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, or whichever program is easiest for you to use. Learn to use different technology or try out a new way to stay in touch. Schedule a time to talk and connect with friends and family as much as you want. I have designated Sundays as the day of rest, reconnection, and relaxation. As such, I set alarms to remind me to connect to family and friends. Try this and let me know if it works for you!
6. Express your needs – People can’t provide support if you don’t let them. It can be challenging to be vulnerable and let others know we have a need. Although you might be nervous to ask for support, you might be allowing someone the opportunity to show kindness. Be willing to be open to new connections.
7. Volunteer – Helping others is a great way to connect with other people and experience fulfillment. Even if you are socially distanced, consider donating to a cause you care about or participating in a virtual race to benefit a charity. Volunteering, even virtually, can help you build connections and get to know people who share your interests.
8. Budget- Set a holiday budget and stick with it. Believe me, people will survive if they don’t receive a holiday gift from you this year. Don’t go into debt and get caught up in the hype of consumerism. This is not what Christmas is about.
9. Pray and pray some more. Jesus is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:1-5). Ask for his help. After all, he knows everything, is everywhere and owns it all.
So, don’t stress, just pray!
So, what are you doing to cope with your holiday stress this holiday season? Please share!