21 Ways to Take Care of your Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Health
This Christmas Season
Guest Author, Brittney Moses
Merry Christmas, from all of us here at WeShare!
Luke 2:10 – “And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”
Tis’ the season to be merry with joy, laughter, and all that the season brings, as we celebrate the best gift ever: Jesus! Take this time to love on and support your friends and family this season because we are so much better when we stand together as a community—
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Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Health & Wellness
Busy, busy, busy!
While this time can be one of the busiest seasons of the year, it’s also a great time to pause and reflect on where this year has led you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually- and how to be intentional about nurturing these areas going forward. After all, we don’t have to wait until the new year to reground ourselves in wholesome habits and practices.
Romans 12:10 – “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
So here are some ideas to get started:
- Give yourself permission to let things go when they don’t perfectly go this time of year.
- Take a break from social media if it’s leading you to compare your current means to others.
- Set realistic goals and expectations around what you can finish by the end of the year.
- Ask for what you need help with or don’t feel guilty for delegating holiday tasks.
- Resist stressing yourself into going over budget from presents and be okay with simple thoughtful gifts too…
Remember what matters most: the love you share, the love you have to give!
- Remember that there’s also nothing wrong with keeping things simple this year if this season has been overwhelming for you.
- Invest in a light box if you tend to get winter blues (or seasonal depression), often linked to the lack of sunlight this time of year.
- Allow space for difficult emotions like grief or loss to process or find ways to honor loved ones like lighting a candle and honoring their memory.
- Spend time with supportive loved ones who bring love and joy into your life.
- Give yourself permission to set firm boundaries around conversations and comments that are destructive to your mental and emotional health.
- Make a playlist of holiday tunes that are uplifting to you.
- Create your own set of holiday traditions with yourself, friends or your family that bring you all joy
- Be okay with not feeling festive everyday while real life is happening. Allow yourself to have nuanced feelings that come and go.
- Set aside time for emotional comforting activities like watching classic holiday films, snuggling in cozy Christmas socks and sweaters, or lighting a holiday candle.
- Tend to others while fostering social-emotional health by volunteering at a local soup kitchen, shelter or toy and clothing drive.
- Devote yourself to a prayer of gratitude each day, thanking God for what you’re grateful for in this season.
- Give a gift toward something you believe in- like children in need at Compassion or World Vision or children of incarcerated parents with an Angel Tree.
- Put together a Christmas worship playlist to fill your home all month long and get in the true spirit of the season.
- Share in a reading of Matthew 1-2 or Luke 1-2 on Christmas morning with family.
- Attend a candle lighting ceremony to commune with other believers while meditating on Christ this season.
- Attend a local Christmas nativity play to be re-inspired by the story of Christ’s birth.
- Start an Advent Bible reading calendar to reflect on a scripture each day around the significance of Jesus’ birth.
More Comfort & Care for the Christmas Season
8 Scriptures to Meditated on this Season:
- John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
- Isaiah 9:6 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
- Luke 2:11 – “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
- John 1:9-10 – “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him…”
- 2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable Gift.”
- Matthew 1:21 – “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
- Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
- John 1:5-11 – “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”
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About the Guest Author:
UHSM Ambassador, Mental Health Author, Lifestyle Content Creator, & Faith Advocate
Ambassador of UHSM, Brittney Moses is a mental health Author, Lifestyle Content Creator, and Advocate over integrating faith, culture, and wellness into one’s life. A mom and Los Angeles native, Brittney walks in-faith, using an informed approach to mental health. She is deeply seated in compassion for those she serves, from churches to youth non-profit ministries, Brittney Moses is a NAMI-certified Support Group Facilitator and Crisis Textline Counselor. Brittney Moses encourages others through a variety of mental health crises, and helps others through practical, holistic, and an evidence-based approach. Her latest publication and book, Worthy, helps others to focus on clarity and peace every day.
You can grab your very own copy of Worthy directly on the Amazon book marketplace!