It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of December, and collectively, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that 2020 is coming to an end. While many rejoice in the final weeks of this year, others hold their breath as they navigate through the struggle.

Christmas is the time of year where there is a great divide. Either you love the season, or you dread it for many reasons, and if we are honest, it’s tough, and this year is no exception.

Covid19 has added to feelings of loneliness, anxiety and helplessness in people, and when we add financial stress, lockdowns and restrictions to the mix, it makes for a more difficult time getting through it all. 

This year I want us to give ourselves permission to feel and express those feelings unapologetically. There are many ways people cope at this time, but I wanted to provide you with a few ideas on how to make it through and come out breathing easier because we all need it more than ever.

  1. Reach out if you feel isolated, video chat with family or friends
  2. Be realistic and know the holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like prior years,
  3. make amends with friends or family and settle disagreements. Forgiveness goes a long way
  4. Stick to a budget. Manage your online shopping.
  5. Plan ahead to aid in anxiety relief
  6. Learn to say no. Don’t’ spread yourself too thin
  7. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Go for a winter walk and maintain healthy eating habits.
  8. Take a breather. Personal time out is not selfish
  9. Seek professional help if you need it.
  10. Attend a ‘virtual’ Christmas church service.

“What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present and  hope for the future.”  Agnes M Pahro

The Christmas season is hard for me, and I am sure it’s hard for many of you, so as I do what I can to make it through the season, I will take the time to keep you in my thoughts and prayers because I know how real the struggle will be. I ask that you do the same for me, and together, we will make it through.
Be blessed and have a Merry Christmas!