Are you “getting through” the holidays?

 

 

getting through

‘Tis the time of year where calendars are full, to-do lists are long and you might feel a bit drained. You may have even said, “I just want to get through the holidays …”  Do you really just want to “get through” the holidays? Why is it so challenging to find the joy that so many artists are singing about on the airwaves?

The conversation in our house recently went from “WHEN are we decorating the tree” to “ARE we decorating the tree?”  We eventually got the tree decorated, but the Christmas card process hasn’t even started. I’m not worried, I’m not stressed. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I don’t get stressed about it. I COULD get stressed. Or I could realize that perfect Christmas seasons only happen on Facebook and the Hallmark channel.

One of my big focuses has been writing my first book! I have pretty aggressive deadlines, so it’s taking a lot of time and energy! (Yes, I’ll be sure to share the news when it is published!) In light of that, I’m giving myself a break in some other areas of life. 

Many of us get more stressed this time of year because we eat more, we spend more and we try to pack more in and sleep less. And, for some, this can be a difficult time because of a loss you’ve experienced. Sometimes the search for joy is a bit elusive.

What can we do about it? First and foremost, focus on why you celebrate the season. That will keep things in perspective. Do less; you don’t have to try to do it all! Eat well (in spite of extra goodies around). Drink more water. Get more physical activity. Embrace gratitude. Carve out time for downtime and for sleep. Hear more about this at my segment last Monday on North Dakota Today: View Teresa’s segment on North Dakota Today

In the spirit of giving, here is a gift for you and your team! Holiday Special 2015

“Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:14