Holiday Stresses?

Dr. Fazeeda RahmanDiscussion, General12 Comments

Holiday stress anyone? Holiday blues? The holiday time no doubt is a festive time, but can be a quite stressful time as well. Finding joy can be challenging despite all the Christmas songs, good food, hot cocoa, and wine ?.

While it is certainly nice to spend time with friends and family during the holiday time, time to regroup and refocus on what is really important is needed.  After all, Jesus is the reason for the season- or at least He’s what the season is supposed to be about.  A couple of months ago, I certainly was not feeling the joy of the season. Up until recently, I felt like a Scrooge in some ways. The big commercial focus associated with Christmas turned me off to celebrating Christmas.  As a somewhat “frugal” person ? I didn’t feel excited about having another reason to spend, and I didn’t want to feel forced to do some of the traditional things associated with the holiday. I knew that I didn’t want to feel that way but was unsure of how to change the way I felt.  I was encouraged to stumble upon an article about regaining the Christmas spirit. After reading through the article, I found it helpful to think differently about the holidays and Christmas in particular. For those of you interested to read on your own, click on the following link: https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/lost-your-christmas-spirit-10-easy-ways-to-get-it-back.html

As I continued to think about how to also change my perspective from feeling the stress and anxiety of the season, to a calmer experience, I decided to focus on the bigness of God.  I am reading about God’s grandeur in the youversion devotional application. For those of you interested to check it out, click on the following link: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/14238/day/6?segment=0 .  Reading the devotionals have been a good reminder that while anxiety, depression and stressors experienced during this season in common, they do not have to be my endpoint.  Focusing on God’s goodness and his bigness is a helpful way to focus less on my stress and the things that come up from time to time that try to steal my joy.  During the busyness of the season, it is important we take time for ourselves-in whichever ways that equal our betterment.  Mentally, physically, and spiritually, we all need a reprieve to make sure we’re managing the stress that arises in the best ways that we can. For me, reading Bible devotionals have been helpful to my mind, body, spirit connection.

What are some of the ways you choose to cope with stressors that arise during the holiday season?

Thanks in advance for your post. Please also share with your friends and family so they can also reply. There is strength in numbers, so if you feel a benefit from even being able to connect with others and share your thoughts, please share with others, so they can benefit as well. Sharing is caring ?.

12 Comments on “Holiday Stresses?”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!! I actually love the holiday season and am not too stressed that time of year. I have experienced anxiety at the end of the season in anticipation of returning back to work, however. Jan/Feb are typically the busiest months of the year for me professionally. I haven’t done it perfectly but it is best for me to mentally prepare by prayer and setting boundaries for myself by not saying “yes” to everything during that time. I try to take a “one thing at a time” approach both professionally and personally.

    1. Thanks for your post. The return back to work can definitely be a stressful time as well. I’m glad prayer and setting boundaries works for you. Many women struggle to say no to things that they usually know they should?.

      We can all take a page from your book?

  2. Excellent points. Definitely need more Jesus joy. Christmas is too commercial. I try not to spend so much on gifts, but providing experiences such as a day outing with a loved one a la Groupon, ex Paint n Sip, Massage, cooking class , off Broadway show, any different experience to share.

    1. Sounds like you prefer giving gifts that have a purpose that will go beyond the day itself, that creates meaning and produces a good memory.

  3. Wow your blog is very impressive. And very helpful! Never could understand the hysteria of Hollidays after I became an adult?! The Uversion devotionals sound great and should help me for sure with new perspectives. Thanks zillions. Blessings!

  4. Hello thanks for sharing. The holiday SEASON can definitely be a stressful time for many. I constantly remind myself of my many blessings to be grateful for the priceless gift of LIFE- a personal relationship with God is that gift. I am also grateful for good health and my family and friends. As Christmas draws closer my hope for everyone is that they will experience the love of God.?❤

  5. I love the winter holiday season. It’s the time of year when I look forward to spending a week off with my girls. The rest of the year is always busy business so it’s really special for us. We spend time with family and friends and volunteer without rushing through the days. Daily devotional and prayer is a great way to start the day when you feel rushed or relaxed.

    1. You make a good point about having a devotional early in the morning. Often times anxiety about what’s to come in the day begins early in the morning, so it definitely is a good idea to start with a devotional and/or other positive coping methods early in the day to help direct the mental, physical, and spiritual direction. I also enjoy the benefits of stretching, breathing, and getting out of my head nervous energy to start the day right.

      Thanks for your post.

  6. Good morning..aah! the Holidays, the Holidays- ironically for me I love the holiday season but it is a source of anxiety and sadness for me as I can no longer share with and create more memories with the family members who have passed away and no longer with me physically. I have to press into God during this season and spending time with friends and family celebrating is therapeutic for me. As much as I love to shop, I don’t fret over that part, maybe because my son is older now – College tuition is my nemesis ☺. Thank you for your post and for ” checking in ‘ . We all need help and reminders to be good to ourselves. To not sweat the small things and to always go to God in prayet and for guidance because as you said ” Jesus is the reason for the Season’.
    God bless one and all.

  7. The commercialization of any holiday will most definitely create stress. I love this time of year because it equates to quality time with family and friends. Jesus is a daily celebration…as far as giving gifts, well that’s what birthdays are for. Having embraced these facts have completely removed stress from the holidays for me.

    1. Thanks for sharing your perspective. I agree the season can be great for spending time with family and friends. Sounds like your mindset about how to think about the season as it relates to Jesus is what keeps you from feeling stressed. I think we can all benefit from thinking about Jesus and celebrating him in our daily lives.

  8. I enjoy the holidays but it can get stressful. After giving birth to my third son, I humbly accepted that my postpartum recovery was more important. I’ve made a conscious decision to do the things that will nourish my soul and bring me closer to God. Grace and peace to all.

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Holiday Stresses?

Holiday stress anyone? Holiday blues? The holiday time no doubt is a festive time, but can be a quite stressful time as well. Finding joy can be challenging despite all the Christmas songs, good food, hot cocoa, and wine ?.

While it is certainly nice to spend time with friends and family during the holiday time, time to regroup and refocus on what is really important is needed.  After all, Jesus is the reason for the season- or at least He’s what the season is supposed to be about.          A couple of months ago, I certainly was not feeling the joy of the season. Up until recently, I felt like a Scrooge in some ways. The big commercial focus associated with Christmas turned me off to celebrating Christmas.  As a somewhat “frugal” person ? I didn’t feel excited about having another reason to spend, and I didn’t want to feel forced to do some of the traditional things associated with the holiday. I knew that I didn’t want to feel that way but was unsure of how to change the way I felt.  I was encouraged to stumble upon an article about regaining the Christmas spirit. After reading through the article, I found it helpful to think differently about the holidays and Christmas in particular. For those of you interested to read on your own, you can copy and paste the following link in your browser: 
https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/lost-your-christmas-spirit-10-easy-ways-to-get-it-back.html

As I continued to think about how to also change my perspective from feeling the stress and anxiety of the season, to a calmer experience, I decided to focus on the bigness of God.  I am reading about God’s grandeur in the youversion devotional application. For those of you interested to check it out, you can copy and paste the following link https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/14238/day/6?segment=0 .  Reading the devotionals have been a good reminder that while anxiety, depression and stressors experienced during this season in common, they do not have to be my endpoint.  Focusing on God’s goodness and his bigness is a helpful way to focus less on my stress and the things that come up from time to time that try to steal my joy.  During the busyness of the season, it is important we take time for ourselves-in whichever ways that equal our betterment.  Mentally, physically, and spiritually, we all need a reprieve to make sure we’re managing the stress that arises in the best ways that we can. For me, reading Bible devotionals have been helpful to my mind, body, spirit connection.

What are some of the ways you choose to cope with stressors that arise during the holiday season?

Thanks in advance for your post. Please also share with your friends and family so they can also reply. There is strength in numbers, so if you feel a benefit from even being able to connect with others and share your thoughts, please share with others, so they can benefit as well. Sharing is caring ?.

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