She stood in the middle of the department store worried that she was forgetting someone on her gift list, and at the same time wondering how she would find the money to pay for the gift even if she remembered who it was! With both credit cards at their limit, the stress from not knowing how the payments would be made next month just added to her load of anxiety.
On top of the financial challenge the holiday season brought every year, there was the always awkward thought of how she would arrange getting around to all the family and when the kids would visit their father.
Her car seemed like it was on its last leg, limping around town and not even starting on really cold mornings. Fighting the crowd at the mall was just such a hassle when all she really wanted was to just be at home after working all day. And her son was so difficult this time of year! There was so much to be troubled over, and on top of that she was worried about walking out into the dark parking lot!
Sound familiar? Maybe this situation does not perfectly describe your holiday season but you can probably relate to it in some way. What can you do to make this special time of year a blessing instead of a curse?
Start with your attitude about what you can and cannot control. Do not get anxious about what you cannot control. Rather, do your best at dealing effectively with the things you can control. Work well with others, whether they are family, friends, or associates on the job. Plan ahead, especially in the areas of your personal finances and time management. Enlist the help of those around you who love you and want to spend time with you. The holiday season is a great time to build relationships. Do not allow all the stress and anxiety to rob you of the joy of the season.