Feeling Overwhelmed This Holiday Season?

2018-01-10T18:10:40+00:00

“When we are frantic and feel particularly rushed, we can stop and ask ourselves, ‘rushing for what?'” ~ Sue Bender, Plain and Simple Wisdom

The ‘To-Do’ List

I woke up at 3:15 a.m. this morning, fretting. I don’t know about you, but struggle with being too busy. I never seem to be able to cross everything off of my ‘to-do’ list. As the fall and winter holidays descend upon us, the problem only seems to get worse.

During a divorce, you are suddenly inundated with new stuff you are responsible for; your ‘to-do’ list doubles over night. He used to be the one who took care of the cars and paid the bills. He was the one who climbed on the roof to hang the Christmas lights. And now, you have to take care of everything. You might even be going back to school or re-entering the workplace for the first time in 20 years, too.

Peace and Calm

Divorce is exhausting for many reasons. And add in the “celebrations” of life and it’s overwhelming. Here at the beginning of the holiday season, lets make it a priority to try and maintain a sense of peace and calm. Let’s seek to do everything with an awareness of the joy it brings.

One reason I often feel stretched thin is because I have so many people I love. I’m Grandma Suzy, Mom, a sister, a friend and a neighbor. I want to let the extraneous things go this year, and focus on my beloved relationships.

Let’s all remind ourselves that we can only get so many things done in one day, so we should choose those things wisely. Most importantly, let’s go about our days with a sense of joy. Every day of this beautiful, busy season, let’s practice the calmness that only God’s presence and love can bring.

“Reverence for God will add hours to your day …” ~ Proverbs 10:27 (NIV)

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About the Author:

Suzy developed Midlife Divorce Recovery as a safe refuge for people healing and surviving the overwhelm of divorce. Starting her first RADiCAL support group in 2003 she's been helping women navigate the journey of divorce ever since.