Dealing With The Overwhelming Season of Christmas - 4 Ways to Slow Down During the Holidays

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

Every single year, Christmas is the most overwhelming season I go through.

In fact, I notice that around Christmastime, I start developing heart palpitations. I've gone to the doctor for them several years in a row with no luck as to what they might be. Recently, I decided that the heart palpitations are a mixture of stress and caffeine, usually in the form of coffee. Needless to say, Christmas tends to be overwhelming, which, in turn, makes my caffeine intake increase.

On top of this, I don't do myself any favors during the busiest time of the year. I rush to buy presents only a couple weeks before Christmas, creating unneeded amounts of stress for myself. Planning for the holiday takes front and center in my brain, creating anxiety. Work gets busier for me, sometimes to the point of overwhelming. I forget to slow down. People seem to get grouchier during the holidays which makes me grouchy in return. Packages never arrive on time, mainly because I didn't order them quick enough. All of these things contributed to unneeded stress over the holiday of Christmas.

But recently, I have been learning that stress, anxiety, and caffeine aren't really doing me much good during this busy season. After all, this is supposed to be a season of joy. So where is the joy?

There is no doubt about it. Americans love