As you prepare for the holidays this year, go all out!
Literally—get OUT of the house, go OUTside, experience the great OUTdoors. Yes, you’ve got too much to do, but that’s no excuse. If it’s cold, bundle up and allow your cheeks to get rosy and your body to become energized by the brisk air. If you’re not in a cold climate, then spend a little more time wandering at a nearby lake/ocean/mountain/park.
Take along your camera or sketchbook or journal. Breathe deeply and slow your steps. Become aware of the sky’s color and the land’s fragrance. You are created by God, living on a planet created by God. One of the best cures for holiday stress is to reconnect to the basic miracle of being alive among so many beautiful living things.
In fact, when the holiday rush becomes too frantic, simply find a window. Maybe it’s at home or maybe it’s at a mall or airport, but stand there and gaze for at least five minutes. Look for one created thing, and say a prayer of thanks.