Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV): “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The season of Advent and leading up to Christmas can be stressful and filled with many emotions for a multitude of personal and worldly reasons. Focusing on these well-known tips can help you experience a season where you can find joy and peace during this time of so many activities.

Be Realistic
Focus on what is most important and let go of the rest. Set boundaries to protect your time and energy. Have a short todo list and complete it. Avoid a long check list that leaves you feeling overwhelmed. Maintain old Holiday traditions and add new ones!

Maintain Healthy Habits
Prioritize healthy routines and encourage your family to do the same. Take care of your physical, mental, and emotional
health. Prioritizing self-care is essential to establishing balance in your life. Maintain a healthy eating, and exercise routine. Get enough sleep. Reserve 5-10 minutes daily for quiet time. You will find that other responsibilities will not suffer and may be accomplished with less, not more anxiety. Be mindful of this winter season of illnesses, COVID, RSV, Flu. Washing your hands frequently is your best protection. Stop the spread of germs and cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands. It is not too late to get your vaccines! Do your best to protect you and others.

Gratitude
Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways to reduce stress. When you focus on the good things in your life, it is difficult to be stressed. You CAN express gratitude to God in prayer, in journals, and in your conversations with others. May you find hope, peace, joy, and love during this Advent season, no matter where you are at in your journey of life. I look forward to seeing our church filled with this community of faith, St. Timothy!

In Wholeness of Health,
Jana Tindall RN, BSN
Faith Community Nurse