Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart

Mercy Christian Counseling

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counseling with Temperament

Counselor's Corner

Counselor's Corner


Posted by mercycounseling on November 17, 2019 at 7:30 AM



The frenetic season is upon us—that time of year between Halloween and New Year’s Day. Some people love it, and some people dread it. Everybody feels the stress. What drives the insanity?




We place tons of expectations on ourselves and we fantasize (obsess) over what we believe are the expectations of others for our holiday “performances,” which include everything from card-sending to gift-giving to meal presentations and even trip-taking during the highest and craziest travel period of the year. There is also the visiting marathon. Oh, and lest I forget, sometimes we also burden others with our expectations of them!


Somehow we are to cram all this extra doing into an already unrealistic daily schedule. If you find yourself caught up in all this and feel your stress level rising, there are certain things you can do to help you get through the season peacefully.


1. Examine the list of expectations you labor under.

2. Prioritize those you feel are non-negotiable, leaving a list of nice-to-do but not absolutely necessary. Eliminate the latter activities for the sake of your sanity.

3. Realize that you do have a choice in the matter, and sometimes we imagine negative consequences for not doing certain things when in reality there will be none.

4. It’s OK to say no.

5. Devote your energy and creativity to the things you really want to do.

6. Own your decisions with positivity and gusto! You’ll be surprised how a positive attitude can energize and refresh.

7. Take care of yourself. Nothing keeps stress at bay like a good night’s sleep, eating nutritious food, and taking a little time for yourself. Breathe deeply and go at your own pace.


You CAN navigate this season with grace. Just give yourself permission to choose your path. My prayer for you is that on January 2nd, you will be able to look back on the season with great joy, rather than relief. Blessings to you!


Dr. Susan Haberkorn is an Ordained Minister of Pastoral Care and NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor.


Categories: None

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

Already a member? Sign In


Reply MaryEmema
7:44 AM on June 6, 2022 
keflex 3147 over the counter trazodone cephalexin cap 500mg price buy elimite otc xenical where to buy levitra 40 mg price in india
Reply MarkEmema
6:48 AM on June 6, 2022 
glucophage 100 mg tablet
Reply UgoEmema
5:07 AM on June 6, 2022 
furosemide best price
Reply JaneEmema
7:54 PM on June 5, 2022 
brand name lexapro online
Reply LisaEmema
6:55 PM on June 5, 2022 
trazodone india online pharmacy
Reply howtoans
5:42 PM on June 5, 2022 
fashion nova casual dresses long sleeve casual wedding dress scottie pippen wearing uptempo harley dyna flush mount fuel gauge puma court breaker derby white large black fedora
Reply LisaEmema
2:34 PM on June 5, 2022 
buy citalopram 10mg
Reply lbxtrade
1:20 PM on June 5, 2022 
monster energy hat for sale jacksonville nc new york yankees cap night yoga hours nike mercurial victory schwarz orange christian louboutin pigalle follies 85 polo t shirt crop top nike air force 1 shadow white and pink sneakers
Reply LisaEmema
1:17 PM on June 5, 2022 
3000mg valtrex
Reply yeezy shoes
11:24 AM on June 5, 2022 
I am writing to make you know of the fine discovery my wife's girl gained browsing your site. She came to find numerous things, with the inclusion of how it is like to possess a marvelous helping mindset to let other folks very easily learn chosen impossible subject areas. You truly did more than people's expected results. Thank you for delivering such necessary, safe, informative as well as fun thoughts on the topic to Janet.
yeezy shoes
Reply MarkEmema
1:13 AM on June 5, 2022 
motilium australia prescription
Reply IvyEmema
12:12 AM on June 5, 2022 
buy sildalis 120 mg clonidine 75 purchase cephalexin valtrex online uk how much is accutane cost citalopram 10 mg daily vermox united states
Reply JaneEmema
5:26 PM on June 4, 2022 
neurontin 800 mg tablet
Reply WimEmema
7:55 AM on June 4, 2022 
trazodone discount
Reply IvyEmema
5:37 AM on June 4, 2022 
cheap suhagra lexapro 80 mg trazodone price discount sildalis 120mg
Reply IvyEmema
7:20 PM on June 3, 2022 
metformin buy canada trazodone generic cost avodart 500 mg amoxicillin 500mg capsules uk
Reply MaryEmema
10:40 AM on June 3, 2022 
buy propranolol 80 mg valtrex otc drug lexapro 25mg buy propranolol 80mg
Reply BooEmema
8:28 AM on June 3, 2022 
buy cephalexin online canada celexa citalopram trazodone 50mg coupon buy sildalis 120 mg
Reply UgoEmema
5:56 AM on June 3, 2022 
accutane in india
Reply MaryEmema
1:07 AM on June 3, 2022 
acyclovir buy online india glucophage prescription where can i buy valtrex in uk zoloft prescription coupon silagra price in india cost of valtrex in australia