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5 ways to take stress out of Christmas —

By Mariah Evans

‘Tis the season of endless shopping, crowds, failed diets, financial stress and several other factors that can easily induce the seasonal blues. That’s why we’ve created a list of five tips that will keep your Christmas merry and bright!

1. Remember the reason for the season. Above all else, keep in mind the true meaning of Christmas. Take time to celebrate Jesus and keep His birth at the forefront of the holiday. When you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to pray and ask God to give you peace during such a busy – yet wonderful – time of year.


2. Go outside. Winter brings on colder weather and shorter days. Lack of sunlight can affect your body’s brain, hormones and overall mental health. That’s why it’s so important to go on walks or take part in other outdoor activities during this time of year to soak up as much sunshine as possible.


3. Do less to enjoy more. It’s easy to go overboard to please others during the holidays by shopping, cooking, sending cards and attending every event. Take care of yourself by saying, “No thanks,” at least once. Don’t stress yourself out financially, either. It’s not what’s under the tree that matters – it’s the people around you.


4. Eat real foods. We are easily tempted this time of year with sugary treats everywhere we go. Do your best to eat real and healthy foods and take polite portions of comfort foods. This will help you be more energetic, focused and happy.


5. Be generous. One of the best ways to get in the Christmas spirit is through generosity. This doesn’t mean spending a lot of money. Be generous with your time, compliments, deeds and love. People will appreciate your effort and heartfelt sentiments.


We don’t have to fall into the commercial trap of Christmas. Make Jesus the center of it all and He will bring you peace and joy. Merry Christmas!


Mariah_Evans.jpgMariah Evans served as CIY’s executive campaign administrator.