Joy, the Antidote to the Holiday Blues

Valerie Minard, a spiritual writer and colleague, offers a remedy for the holiday blues that is not based on exercise and saying no to extra-activities.  In her article she reveals, how turning to God in prayer can change the negative expectation of holiday stress and sadness into the experience of joy and peace.  See what Valerie has to share – her unique spiritual perspective could be just what you are looking for to get through this holiday season!

The joy of God’s love can be the antidote for those stressed and depressed by the holidays

Soon the pumpkins, haystacks and scarecrows of Halloween will give way to wreaths, ornaments, and elaborate displays as we approach Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. For some, these decorations charge the air with excitement — bringing back memories of family gatherings, presents, parties, traveling, and fun vacations.

However, for many others the holidays can be stressful or depressing. The added responsibilities of preparing for guests on top of an already full routine can seem too much. The temptation to overindulge can be strong, whether it’s spending, eating, or consuming alcohol. It also can be a lonely time for those who have lost a loved one or are without family or a significant other.

Advice abounds for how to escape the holiday blues — getting more sunlight, working out at the gym, volunteering, reaching out to others, and learning to say “no” to extra activities. As wise as these ideas may be, they don’t get to the bottom of the emptiness many people feel during this season.

Looking to people or circumstances for joy or happiness is unreliable and can be disappointing. But take heart. There is another place to look — to divine Love which does not abandon anyone.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org