The holidays can come with a barrage of expectations and emotions, not to mention stress and deadlines that seem all-important.

You may feel like you’ll never get everything done.

You may be dreading having to be around that certain person that gets under your skin (everyone seems to have at least one).

You may have realized you said “yes” to things you wish you’d said “no” to.

You may be worried you won’t be able to resist all the food that isn’t good for you. 

Healthy boundaries will be key during this time, no matter what the situation. So I’ve created this little calming exercise for you. (You may want to print it and keep it on hand.)

I hope it will help you in moments when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Whenever you are feeling stressed or anxious: STOP and BREATHE.

So simple, isn’t it? Yet so difficult to remember sometimes when in the throes of so many things going on.

Here’s how:

  1. Go into a room by yourself (or a bathroom stall, if need be).

  2. Close your eyes.

  3. Take 5-10 slow, deep breaths.

  4. Think about something good, true and/or beautiful. It could be a place you love to go, a person you feel good around, or anything you really, really love.

  5. Say a prayer of gratitude. Maybe for something specific like your eyesight. Or someone wonderful in your life. Or that you got through something difficult this year.

  6. Open your eyes.

  7. Take one more deep breath.

Now re-enter whatever situation was making you feel stressed or anxious.

You should notice a huge difference. And you can use this any time, not just during the holidays!

In the calm, you may sense the presence of the One who came to unburden us, to calm the storms within and without… who came to give us rest. Whatever the situation, that gentle presence looms quietly. EMMANUEL. God with us.



Let me know if this helps you!

If you’d like to connect with me for coaching, click here to schedule an introductory call. 

Wishing you joy, peace, hope and love this season!




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