Christmas is the most peaceful and joyful time of the year for me. First and foremost, it’s what Christmas is about to me. It’s peace in my heart because I have God in my life to give me love and guidance. Second, I have the opportunity to share that love, peace and joy with others.
Being the humans that we are, we sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be. Christmas time has traditionally been a very active season of purchasing or making presents, planning parties, decorating, traveling and of course working. It can be a time when some may get overwhelmed having unrealistic expectations of themselves and others and become depressed.
In the nursing profession, work takes a great deal of energy, concentration, time, and skill in applying knowledge to what we say and do to/for everyone. I, for one, am exhausted at the end of my day and still have to find more energy to do everything else that is on my ‘to do list.’
I work for personal fulfillment because of the love of what I do. Of course, I like the income too! I have goals to achieve and I like the feeling of contributing to something larger than myself. At Christmas time I take the opportunity to find joy and peace in my job even though there is extra hustle and stress around me.
I suggest that every one of us try to identify a specific goal for the Christmas season and direct daily actions and activities to that end. For example, I have a routine that I follow every morning and make sure it happens no matter what. It involves spending time with God before I get out of bed. Some days it’s more than others and that’s okay. During this time, I ask for guidance for my day to direct my thoughts and actions. I set my plan for the day with one goal of suggesting an activity that will bring others joy.
I would like to suggest that each of us try to reduce our stress during the Christmas season by:
Accept That You Need to Set Realistic Goals
Bring on The Joy and Peace of The Christmas Season and After You Can Redirect Your Thoughts on The Difference You Make in The Lives of Others!
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