Activating the Catholic’s Best Kept Secret For Squelching Holiday Stress

Christmas late busy business woman running against time I heard  an attractive, got-her-stuff- together, professional mom with many kids and businesses  comment on stress. She acknowledged the moments when pushing herself out of her home and work comfort zone made her think she would  explode.

Her words  gave me a “misery loves company” comfort. Feeling the heat doesn’t mean you are off track.

Pressure with your work and personal commitments isn’t bad. The periodic makes-you-itchy tension purchases your ticket to upleveling your business, refining your relationships and  catapulting your personal and business development.

But throw in dealing with holiday stress like

  • extra events to attend – school programs, field trips, company dinners, parties;

  • additional pile on to-do tasks ;

  • increased expenses;

  • hyped up kids, excited about Christmas;

  • and the emotions—good and bad— around being with extended family;

and you, too, may feel unglued.

The strain compounds if you

  • skip your regular workouts due to lack of time to do it

  • start over-indulging into the ubiquitous sweets , keeping pace with the national average holiday weight gain of 7 pounds

  • let interruptions in your routine cut out or eliminate your prayer time

Look no further than your nearest Advent  wreath to lessen holiday stress.

In a season piled with excesses,  our heavenly Father gifts us Advent. It has the power to dissipate  your biz and life anxieties with these simple steps.

  1. CORRECT SEASONAL CONFUSION – The Christmas Season begins December 25th.  The Advent Season, roughly four weeks before Christmas, emphasizes reflection and repentance in preparation for Jesus’ birth. Maintain your spiritual Advent  focus  by giving up a bad habit, adding or tweaking a spiritual discipline, and  incorporating family and / community prayer, ideally around your Advent wreath.

  2. PUT PEOPLE FIRST – Within reason, try to fully participate in the  God-given  fellowship opportunities. Personally stretch to connect with others when possible. Be present in your people interaction. Offer any discomfort or inconvenience out of  gratitude  for Jesus’ coming.

  3. RAMP UP DISCERNMENT –  Clarity about God’s priorities lets you  finish strong in your business and personal goals despite multiple distractions. Huddle during your prayer time (that you’re not skimping on) to glean divine guidance on what to pursue and what to cut out as you near the finish line. Pray for purity of heart to tune in to God’s will, the courage to complete the tasks before you, and the faith in God to let go of those that are not going to happen.

  4. LIVE TEMPERANCE –  Moderation in work and play allows you to release control, enjoy God’s gifts, responsibly fulfill your obligations, and cherish the season, just like our fun-loving Jesus would.

Employing the Catholic stress-squelching tactics  leave you invigorated, content with  your accomplishments, and filled with joy in recognizing God’s blessings

Catholic Mompreneur’s Biz and Life Tip: While the rest of the world tears down their trees, pulls down the lights, and packs up the plastic Santa from the roof on December 26th, you can deal with holiday stress  and celebrate the order our Mother Church gives us by putting Advent first and Christmas second.  Begin to celebrate Christmas as relaxed,  relationship-valuing, Christ-centered mompreneur, ready to light up the world with your feminine genius.

Christina Weber helps Catholic mompreneurs fully engage the power of their calling, earn more in less time, and get back to enjoying their families. If you need help to gain clarity on Gods’ will in your biz and personal life, create action plans to get there, and learn how to be motivated and equipped to juggle all the plates to make it happen, take advantage of getting one of ten slots of Christina’s complimentary “Getting It Done” session with Christina here  for your rock-solid success foundation in 2014.