Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

In a mass of busy schedules, special performances, final exams, gift-buying, party-hosting, traveling, and all the hustle and bustle, the holidays can quickly become stressful. One of the main ways to ensure a healthy holiday season is to set boundaries and see to self-care. Practice the tips below during these holiday weeks which will help eliminate burnout and leave your Advent and Christmas “holly and jolly”.

Remember Responsibilities
During busy times, often people put everyone’s needs before their own. This is a false sense of service. We should serve our neighbors, but while maintaining the needs of our various vocations. Don’t ignore familial or other significant relationships simply because the holidays are busy.

Have Fiscal Boundaries
So often families overextend themselves financially during the holidays. For many, the true cost of too many presents, expensive meals, or fancy parties has a terrible impact for months to come. Set budgets and stick to them.

Set Physical Goals
When times are busy, it’s so easy to eliminate workouts, walks, and hours of sleep. It’s essential to make time to keep healthy routines which reduces stress and avoids burnout. Now is even a great time to get an early start on any 2024 resolutions! Make sure to get a good night of sleep and plenty of steps.

Limit Time on Social Media
It is well known by now that life depicted on social media is misleading and askew from reality. Too much time spent in that medium is negative. It increases loneliness and covetousness. Don’t get trapped in social media.

Increase Time in the Word
Most importantly, take time every day to read and meditate on God’s Word. In a time, so often, that can be darkened with feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it’s essential to stay connected to our source of light in this world and the next. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Connect with God daily.

With some healthy boundaries balancing your vocations and God’s gifts in your life, may your Advent and Christmas seasons be blessed!