“a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”
Does this describe you? Perhaps, it describes the emotional state of many of your listeners this Christmas season.
According to “holiday stress statistics” … 69% of people are stressed by the lack of time and money while 51% are stressed by the pressure to give or receive gifts. I’ll be the first to admit that’s been the case for me in Christmases past. Worried if I’d meet all my deadlines, stressed when I didn’t. Feeling pulled in many directions and then stressed when there wasn’t enough time or money to accomplish what I wanted. Not this year.
And it doesn’t have to be the case for your listeners either thanks to the plentiful resources available from FamilyLife. First, here are a two articles you might share with your audience on-air or on your social media platforms:
- Ease the Stress This Christmas – provides a list of ways to re-prioritize our hearts during this holy season. The most important one is #7–don’t stop praying. A stress-free life can only happen “through communion with the One who has brought us peace.”
- Work Smarter, Not Harder This Christmas – it’s a plan for moms to thrive, not just survive, this holiday.
- Growing With … Dr. Steve Argue, faculty member at Fuller Seminary, and an advocate for young people, shares three strategies with parents to help their teens and young adults have better connections with their family, faith, and world (airing 12/16-18).
- When You Love a Prodigal … Judy Douglass, wife of Steve—president of Cru—talks about fostering and then adopting a 12-year old boy. She shares the realities of their journey in raising a rebellious child (airing 12/19-20.
- What Christmas Says to the World … host Dave Wilson explains the ways Jesus’ birth affects every aspect of our lives (airing Christmas Day).
Another way to eliminate stress from this holiday is by practicing patience. Bob Lepine says, “The Advent season is our annual exercise in slowing down and re-learning how to wait and to be patient.” Bob speaks from experience but in reading his blog here, I found myself relating all too well.
However, this Christmas we’re making sure it’s unlike any other before. For one, my husband and I are going through a 31-day advent devotional–together! It’s been a wonderful and deeply meaningful experience thus far–absent of any stress–and we’re growing closer in our relationship with each other and with the One who came to save us.
With that in mind, here’s wishing you and your family an equally stress-free Christmas full of all the joy and wonder this season can bring!