Christmas. A wonderful time of celebration for Christians and many others who desire to connect with loved ones and support one another as we head into a new year. But sometimes the simple process of ‘getting together’ can be stressful at best and seriously debilitating at worst.
Let’s start at the beginning…
The reality is that we (and I mean all of us) are capable of being influenced by negative triggers… and we are all equally capable of being the person who sends out the trigger. No one is immune to this as we all attempt to try and be helpful, caring, interested, supportive and loving. We just get it a bit messed up sometimes.
Continue reading “Christmas Time Triggers: Being Responsive Instead of Reactive”
Do you struggle to connect with God if you don’t feel like it?
There’s nothing wrong with being emotionally connected with God. It’s important. But equally important is connecting with God regardless of feelings.
It’s about choosing to connect regardless of how we might feel at the time.
Continue reading “Why Praising God is About Choice, Not Emotion”
It’s just 33 days until Christmas and I have a love-hate relationship with the holiday: on the one hand, I feel excited, especially as this year my husband and I are going to be grandparents in a few days. (EEEEK!)
But on the other hand, I feel anxious, worried about being able to be happy and feel connected with my loved ones despite being part of a very loving and caring family. And I am not alone. The holiday season has a habit of conjuring up complex emotions and the more people I speak with, the more I find that many have this paradoxical rollercoaster at holiday time.
Continue reading “31 Ways to Show Love in The Lead Up to Christmas”
Christmas is a wonderful time for many people. We reconnect with loved ones, share stories and make the most of the time we have together, strengthening relationships and building hope for a better year to come.
But it’s not like this for everyone. Some people struggle with holiday seasons like Christmas for a variety of reasons and the focus for this post is about those of us who have mental illness and are struggling to regulate their emotions during the holidays.
Continue reading “3 Simple Steps to Regulate Your Emotions, Stay in Control and Enjoy the Christmas Season”