Remembering the reason for the season can quickly fade as the fervor of the holiday festivities take over. It can quickly become a time of desperation and emotional turmoil if you do not learn how to remain positive during this joyous time of year. Here are a few tips we put together to help you stay sane this holiday season.
Stay focused on what’s important: When we allow others to define the holidays for us, we find ourselves reluctantly being stringed along like puppets. Stay focused by constantly reminding yourself of why we celebrate Christmas and all other things should be secondary.
Find reasons to be grateful: Breathe, and count the many blessings you have encountered throughout the year. As long as you’re alive, still standing, moving, living and just being, there’s always something to be thankful for.
The Christmas spirit still exists: It might not look like it, judging from the way things are as they exist around you, but not everyone has lost their true Christmas spirit. There are still people out there focused on what Christmas is all about. So go see a nativity play, mingle with like-minded people, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or simply send out hand-written cards. You’re not alone.
Stay healthy: If you remember any of the points above, you will naturally keep yourself in good health. Being anxious about things you have no control over is not only self-inflicted injury, it is senseless.
Find joy in giving and not in receiving: Stay above the fray and focus on the giving part of Christmas. This is a time to show how blessed you feel. “It is indeed more blessed to give than to receive.” Let this quote guide you as you seek to maintain your sanity through the holidays. And, don’t forget that Jesus Christ was born for a reason.