This is an awesome time of year, but it can also drive people crazy. On one hand you have cooler weather, football season (Go Steelers!), colorful leaves, and no more mowing. On the other hand, you’ve got busy school schedules, extra activities, and holiday planning. Thanksgiving to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. Thanksgiving a holiday that is supposed to remind us to be thankful turns into family drama. Celebrating the birth of Jesus turns into a time of frantic shopping. House guests, school plays, shopping, cooking, and needing to be in two places at one time!
So, what do you do when you start feeling a bit overwhelmed? What happens when you’ve got too much going on and you’re not sure how much more you can take?
I confess I don’t have it all figured out, not owning a home anymore and not Pastoring sure helps. But I do want to offer a few suggestions if that’s okay.
Here it goes…
#1. You don’t have to do it all.
Your children are not going to be damaged for life if they don’t have everything their friends have. You’re not going to get fired if you don’t attend the office Christmas party. And it’s even okay to miss out on a church activity or two (Sorry Pastor Rob). When the new year rolls around, it’s more important to have your sanity than to have attended every single event.
#2. Take some time for yourself.
It’s not selfish to take care of yourself. After all, there’s a reason they tell you to put the oxygen mask over your own face first. If you’re out of control, you won’t be in any position to help anyone. Don’t be afraid to take an afternoon, a weekend or a night for yourself. Go ahead and put it on the calendar right now and don’t apologize for it.
#3. Remember the point.
Let Thanksgiving be a time for giving thanks, not for cooking the turkey just right. Life won’t come to an end if leave the giblet bag in the turkey LOL.. Take time to read the Christmas story and reflect on God’s grace at Christmas. Watch a few Hallmark Christmas movies as a family. When you find yourself stressed because of the schedule, hit the pause button and think about why you’re doing it all in the first place.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, maybe these suggestions will give you a bit of relief, I hope this encourages you during this busy season.