Is holiday stress eclipsing your joy? What’s the answer? Buy less, cook less, party less? Certainly trimming your schedule can produce some benefits, but perhaps there are more lasting, spiritual solutions for the stress of the holidays. My colleague, Debra Chew, writing for the December 3, 2015 edition of The Chattanoogan.com, shares some interesting research and then highlights her own spiritual practice for restoring joy. Her healing of grief at the holidays will inspire you. Here’s Debra:
Some recent “self-care” discussions about the holidays suggest that, for many, stress overshadows the joys associated with this time of year. But you don’t have to go along with the crowd. There are a few practical steps you can take to prevent your Christmas spirit from getting lost in the frenzy of this time of year.
Interestingly, 2006 research by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a premier research and strategic consulting firm, documented that the holidays are, first and foremost, a joyful time. During the holidays, people report many positive emotions such as happiness (78 percent), love (75 percent), and high spirits (60 percent).
So, it’s worth repeating some tried and true ways to eliminate stress and feel more joy during the holidays.
Giving to others – Through the years, giving to others has brought me joy. Sometimes that included monetary giving, but often all that was needed was a listening ear, words of inspiration, or companionship. And each time, I felt like I was the one on the receiving end. I can certainly relate to the words of Mark Twain, “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
And on a deeper level, St. Paul wrote….