Does the busyness of the holiday season leave you zapped of peace and joy?

How do you take care of yourself in the midst of all the holiday preparations?

When you’re giving out gifts to others, give a few gifts to yourself as well.

15 ways to take care of yourself this Christmas.

1. Pray for God to give you the strength and stamina to accomplish all He has for you to do in a day.

2. Prepare yourself by spending time in God’s presence each morning.

3. Just say no. Allow yourself the freedom to make the best yes for you and your family.

4. Choose clothing options that make you feel good about yourself even on the busiest of days.

5. Narrow down your tasks and activities. Keep the ones that have the greatest importance. Let the other ones go.

6. Mark your calendar with “me time.” Read a good book. Relax in a hot bath.

7. Set the tone in your home with your favorite candle and soothing music.

8. Don’t cut your sleep short. Keep a consistent sleep schedule so you have the energy and mental fortitude to accomplish your tasks each day.

9. Pay attention to what you tell yourself. Don’t give in to negativity.

10. Remember the grace you give others? Give grace to yourself as well. If you fail at something today, remember God’s mercies are new each morning.

11. In the busyness of the holidays, it’s easy to grab snacks that are full of sugar. Plan in advance to have healthy treats on hand that boost your energy.

12. Schedule a few minutes of physical exercise each day. Even 15 minutes will lift your mood and combat fatigue.

13. Take time to enjoy the simple things in life. Go caroling with your family. Watch your favorite Christmas movie.

14. Break the routine! Give yourself the freedom to do something different.

15. Plan one day each week to take a break from holiday preparations. Ask God to help you get more done in six days than you would in seven.



With a little bit of planning, you can give yourself a gift of love this season. And, keep the peace and joy that God offers.

Which gifts will you choose to give yourself?

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

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Hope Prevails
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson

Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.

Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide

  • An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
  • As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
  • Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations

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In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.

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