• Be gentle with yourself. Be aware of your feelings. If you are sad or grieving, that’s normal. You don’t have to be happy just because it’s the holidays.
  • Forget perfection. The holidays don’t have to be like a Norman Rockwell painting. Families often don’t fit stereotypes.
  • Reach out to others. If you feel lonely, contact friends. If you are having a particularly difficult time and are persistently sad, anxious, or have trouble meeting the daily demands of your life, seek professional help. Please know that Becky and I are ready to listen and reflect with you, as is our Lay Pastoral Ministry Team.
  • Say no. If you’re overwhelmed, give yourself some time and space. You don’t have to make all the parties.
  • Take care of yourself. Don’t overindulge in food or drink. Get a reasonable amount of exercise. Get plenty of sleep.
  • Use (or start) a spiritual practice. This is a good season to set aside time for quiet, meditation, prayer, reflective reading, mindful walking, or just sitting in silence. Take a good, long, deep breath. If you’d like to chat about spiritual practices, let me know.
  • In the Good News of our Free Faith, Sam Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transitional Assistant Minister]]>

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