This supposed to be a time of prayer and reflection. A time of giving and loving. Christmastime is a time for us to spend quality time with our friends and family… eating, playing and laughing. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Does this sound like a dream to you? You may be saying, “Oh, yeah Deanna, you make it sound so easy!” Well, you can have this, year after year. Let me help you calm down and enjoy!
If you are feeling stressed (like you want to pull out you hair or better yet, your husbands hair) follow some or all of these ideas:
Take 2 minutes and offer up a prayer for peace. Ask God to give you peace.
Even if you have to go into the bathroom, go in and sit. Breath in and out with deep breathes for 2 minutes. (Then pray, ha ha)
I know, it may be cold outside where you live. So what! Put on your coat and step out. Take some deep breaths and take in the beauty of nature around you.
Get somewhere quiet and start to speak out loud all of the things you are thankful for.
(Always remember, there is someone out there with problems greater than yours, wisdom from my mom)
For example: If your children are yelling and hurting your ears, be thankful you have been given children.
Have you baked enough cookies to last 5 years? Have you been cooking for parties and gatherings? Well, order in! Instead of cooking order pizza or Chinese… whatever you would like… pick up the phone to cook tonight!
Take a hot bath:
This helps me every time! If I am feeling tired or a little worn out, I wait until my son is in bed and my husband is watching sports and I tae a hot bath with bubbles. I lay and read a good book as I soak. It is very relaxing!
Have a cup of hot tea. Something soothing. I like green or Oolong tea. Chamomile helps soothe the nerves!
Light a fire and enjoy a quiet evening!
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