Have you ever created a wish list for Christmas as a grown-up? This year, what I wanted more than anything for Christmas was peace for my family and peace for my heart. As I read over Philippians 4:6-7, God’s command to tell Him what we need really jumped out at me. What I wanted most was something only He could provide. Asking God for what I need became the impetus for My Grown-Up Christmas Wish List. It’s not just for Christmas, but for the whole upcoming year.
How do you handle the depression that results from feelings of inadequacy during the Christmas holidays? Perhaps financial stressors or other unfortunate circumstances have you feeling down and challenged in giving. Read more for other ways you can say goodbye to the tyranny of commercialism and still show love through giving.
Sometimes we have to be intentional about caring for ourselves, especially during a stressful holiday season. The holidays are always portrayed as a merry, cheerful time, yet not everyone feels that way. Get ahead of anxiety, overwhelm and avoid burnout by practicing self-care for this year.
Are you having a hard time resuming your normal daily activities? Has your energy been transplanted by the winter sluggishness? Does it seem no matter how hard you try you just can’t find your joy in the aftermath of the holidays? You are not alone. I’ve been there. So have tens of thousands of other Americans. There is hope for combating post-holiday depression or the blues.
At this time of year, everyone is talking about making resolutions. I’m not much of a fan. Instead, my New Year’s aspirations are more about a challenge of sorts. Each year, I select one word, theme or phrase of the year that sums up who I want to be or how I want to live in the new year. Read more about this practice that’s born much more fruit in the long run than I’ve ever seen come from even the best-kept resolutions.