Prepping for the Holidays: Stress Edition

Prepping for the holidays is overwhelming. There, I said it. Someone had to. It’s great when it’s happening and everyone is together, but the preparation for a week long family reunion at your house is stressful! Your mother in law will absolutely take notice if you don’t display that horrendous antique clock she gave you 8000 years ago. Your sister’s kids can be a little bit more than a handful, and the jelly and syrup will need to go to the top of the pantry till they leave. You have to make sure every single family member is represented in the photos you have up in your home. Not to mention, someone has a gluten allergy, another one doesn’t do dairy, and your nephew exclusively eats dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets. It’s a lot to handle. Take an entire year of cooking, extroversion, and chores, shove them into one week, and you probably have a family holiday!

Not that you’re not grateful. You love your family—your family loves you. But with the stresses of normal life plus the stress of planning for your holiday, life can seem a little overwhelming. I’d like to encourage you to take time in your days leading up to the holidays to meditate on the good around you. Whether you spend 5 minutes just sitting and praying in silence or you read a chapter of your Bible, you will feel more at peace. Don’t forget that while everyone else needs to be taken care of, you do too.

One thing I like to do every day at work is read a devotion in my perpetual desk calendar. I always find it uplifting and try to connect its message of the day to my own life. It’s just a small paragraph with a Bible verse, but taking the time to read, I have a moment to reflect and better my soul.

I also get the verse of the day on my YouVersion Bible App! It’s an easy way to stay in the Word when you’re on the go. Sometimes all I do is glance at the verse and go about my day, and then others, I take the time to actually read a little bit more and understand the context of the message. Doing this does nothing but benefit me. Simply taking those 1 to 2 minutes out of my day to read an inspiration from God’s Word seriously lifts my spirits and helps me to stay at peace when I’m stressed.

Another thing that I like to do—and you may roll your eyes, but I take time to doodle. Creativity is proven to help you relax and feel happier. I keep a coloring book in my desk drawer at work and if I feel like I’m getting overwhelmed, I pull out my coloring book and spend 5-10 minutes taking my stress and turning it into something beautiful. There’s something about having a pattern to fill in that soothes me. I don’t have to call the shots or think too hard about what I’m doing. It’s just fun.

 

 

 

It is okay to want things to go well and smoothly. It is okay to be a hostess and to plan every single detail down to the color of your napkin trim. But remember that in the chaos of prepping for the holidays, you need to take moments to care for yourself! When things get too overwhelming, just take a minute and do something for you. Even if it’s just for one minute.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:25-27

 


Hannah Baxter

Hey, y’all! My name is Hannah and I want you to join me on my personal journey to seeking Christ daily! Together we will laugh, cry, and learn to have a little fun while bringing glory to God! Like it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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