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Stay Emotionally Healthy During the Holidays!

I'm all about prevention where it can be applied. It seems that so many women get stressed during the holidays and try to take on more than is humanly possible.

Let this year be different.

Each one of you can be aware of staying connected to our Lord, our peace giver, and maintain a healthy pace while celebrating this glorious season. Below, I've compiled my favorite tips for keeping and maintaining your peace and joy.

  • Listen to His voice. He protects you.
  • It's about relationships-not things. Gifts are great, but don't replace your time with a wrapped object.
  • Skimping on your self-care is a mistake. Keep your gym and hair appointments, and your reading at the book store with a coffee in hand moments.
  • Get your night winks! Sleep deprivation exaggerates our emotions and makes for less than enjoyable "fun" events.
  • Don't fall for the, "Let's get everything out in the open that's ever bothered anyone", at a family gathering.  With all due respect, is there not one in every family? This includes political and religious arguments. Either walk away or tell that someone they can call you after the Holidays.
  • You know you. Stand your ground where you need to set limits with your time and finances. 
  • Choose peace and joy. There will be Scrooges and there will be those who will not respect your boundaries, or don't have an understanding of boundaries. Unapologetically say, "No", when you need to. And yes, "No", can be a complete sentence.
  • Be heavy on grace and love, and light on annoyance toward that "odd ball" in the family. Judge not, and instead be the Light. We know not their inner pains and struggles.
  • Decide your most important commitments and prioritize your invites. Choose wisely.
  • If you are struggling with grief, are lonely, or have depression, please reach out to a trusted friend, and/or counselor. You can get through this time of year a victor.
  • It's okay not to get out the china and use disposable plates. Not everything has to be complicated and home-made. Cut yourself some slack and make it fun and about connecting.
  • Simple but always true, remember the reason for the season.
Now, pop some popcorn and relax while watching your favorite holiday movie! While not all inclusive, I hope these tips help you to have the healthiest Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and friends ever!

Always for You,

Shelly Guernsey



Shelly Guernsey CLC Certified Life & Leadership Coach
Traverse City, Michigan

Here we go, it's November already, and Christmas is only 7 weeks away! Every year, the holidays sneak up on me. Something new this year with our family is that my precious Mom has sold her home and will be moving in with us until she finds a new home to buy. This will be an extra special year! I wish for you and your loved one's a most peace  and love filled Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
My Momma & I

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