Skip to content
Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

How to Handle Christmas Stress

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/23/2018 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

What can you do when the holidays have you feeling stressed?

Christmas is a season full of joy and happiness. Families gather and spend special, meaningful time together. This should be a time where you are at ease and able to melt into the true meaning of Christmas. However, for many people, that is not the case.

Taking care of your self during the holidays is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

Taking care of your self during the holidays is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

Highlights

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/23/2018 (1 year ago)

Published in Christmas / Advent

Keywords: Christmas, Stress, Advent, Family, Exercise, Prayer, Relax,


For most people, Christmas has been overridden with gift giving and huge feasts. Making sure every detail is perfect will start to weigh heavy on hearts and minds. Christmas can often, unintentionally, become a huge source of stress. 

How can we handle that Christmas stress without missing out on all the wonderful festivities? 

According to Psychology Today, one of the most important things you can do when you are feeling stressed during the holiday season is to accept that this stress is going to happen. Instead of fretting over what or why this is happening, "devote efforts into doing what you can to move forward." 

It is also necessary to keep your stress in perspective. It is Christmas and Christmas is one of the greatest times of the year, but are you remembering the true meaning of Christmas while you're running around frantic stressing yourself out? 

When that unwanted stress starts to strike you down, take a break. Breathe. And engage in a little physical activity. "Physical exercise can be used as a surrogate to metabolize the excessive stress hormones and restore your body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state," states SkillsYouNeed.com

Taking care of your self during the holidays is vital. If you are worn out and exhausted, you won't be able to feel calm or fight against the stressors. 

When Christmas stress starts to feel unbearable and you are near your breaking point, talk to God. Take a moment for yourself and find a quiet spot to read the Bible, say some prayers, and rest your mind, heart, and soul.

 Philippians 4:6-7 says, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

God gave us prayer as a stress reliever and there is no better time to use it than during the Christmas and Advent seasons. 

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK


Comments



More Advent & Christmas

Advent? What is it all about

What is Advent? The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading


Advent Daily Readings

Daily Scripture Readings for Advent The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading


More Advent & Christmas News

Advent Reflection - Day 9 - The Second Monday of Advent Watch

Image of

Advent Day 9 - Second Monday of AdventWhy we need a Savior. At this time, the Daily Readings of the Church explain why we need a savior. ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of Advent Watch

Image of

Advent Reflection - Day 8 - The Second Sunday of AdventWe recall the prophets, who foretold Christ's coming.  The first and larger ... continue reading



Advent Reflection - Day 7 - The First Saturday of Advent Watch

Image of

Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 7 - First Saturday of Advent Why we talk about reconciliation during Advent.  Many parishes ... continue reading


Advent Reflection - Day 6 - The First Friday of Advent Watch

Image of

Your Daily Advent Reflection - Day 6 - First Friday of AdventA clever person once calculated how long it would take to walk from Egypt to ... continue reading


Pope Francis: Don't forget the real meaning of Christmas Watch

Image of 2019 Vatican nativity scene and Christmas tree

Ahead of the Vatican Christmas tree lighting Dec. 5, Pope Francis expressed hope that the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square will serve ... continue reading


The Advent and Christmas Season... by Catholic Online Shopping

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.