Christmas might be the season of love, goodwill, and "peace towards men" - but a lot of us are insanely busy, on edge, frustrated, or stressed out by the craziness, like when:
The festive workload doubles your to-do list and you just don't have time,
You're facing off against financial pressures or family dramas, trying to keep your head above water,
You end up in sensory overload from the kids and noise and lights everywhere, and/or
You're trying to plan an amazing Christmas but you can't help but hear your mind muttering at you - "What if it's not good enough? Maybe they won't like it! I should be doing more!"
"Merry Christmas", indeed!
So, how about some
Effective and practical tips you can use to calm your body and make peace for your mind
Ideas on how to reduce stress, improve organization, deal with conflict, enrich relationships, enhance your emotional and mental health, and more
Optional mini worksheets to keep track and use to help you thrive into 2019
And what if you could get this...
I'd love you to join me as I spin the typical chocolate-laden Advent Calendar into something that can actually help you with the stresses of the silly season, such as:
Making moments of peace and joy amidst the chaos
Focusing your energy and efforts to get more time back
Looking after yourself better while also looking after the people around you
Creating more balance, peace and goodwill in your life, family and/or workplace
Every day there's some simple but profound things you can do to make peace and calm amidst the crazy and chaos and thrive, not just at Christmas, but all year long. Then when you put just a few minutes every day into reflecting and doing what we talk about, by the end of the month you’ll have something meaningful and useful that you can keep using to create a little more peace, calm and balance wherever you need it.
So let's work together to take back your serenity and sanity! Sign up here and receive THE ENTIRE CALENDAR, ready for you to download, read and skip through as needed in the lead-up to Christmas and beyond!
Here's a sample:
What’s the point of Christmas, for you? What is the point of all the busy-ness? If you can identify that - sum it up in a handful of words – and keep it at the front of your mind, you can be more stable and at peace in the face of the stresses and storms that crop up.
Jesus once told a story about two men – one who built his house on sand, and the other on rock. When the storms of life arose, the one who built his house on sand got washed away, whereas the other endured. Why? Because he built his house on the thing that really mattered.
Being clear on the foundations of your life, the thing that is absolutely crucial to you, gives you grounding and direction in the midst of life’s craziness. So, stop, think and then think a little deeper for a few minutes:
- Who is important to you right now?
- What matters to you? At this time, in this place, in this setting?
- What does it mean to the people around you?
- What does it mean to you in the big picture of your life - who you are and what you want to stand for?
Pick up a pen and write down what shows up for you - thoughts, feelings, memories, images, whatever!
Most of us are looking forward to pretty lights and presents and time off and food. But what is all that really about?
Is it actually about joy and gratitude and delighting in creation and creativity? Rest and self-care? Nurturing and investing in the people you love and relationships you value? Or having quiet time to contemplate the year past and plan for the year ahead? What is the point of all the activity in the bigger picture?
Take a few minutes, write down three to five words that sum this up for you and stick it up somewhere to contemplate every day. That's you starting to write a map, figuring out where you and life (and the silly season) can fit together and thrive.
Often, we go into Christmas or the New Year feeling a little hollow and fragile, like a beautiful decoration about to fall off the tree. But it doesn't have to be this way! This time of year may be absolutely crazy, but we can do something different with it. Do you want in?
By the way, if this isn't quite your cup of tea and you'd prefer a calendar that actively incorporates Jesus and Christian spirituality, feel free to check this version out here.
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