The Christmas Stress Factor

calm, stress, ornament This can be a stressful time of year, and active church members are perhaps even more likely to overdo it. Each of us has so many events – office parties, parades, school events, choir practice, Sunday School parties, church dinners – in addition to shopping, wrapping, and planning time for family that it can easily be overwhelming. It may be difficult to find time but we must pause and give priority to the things that are the most important.

The season can be stressful on anyone, even more so to those involved in both secular and church activities. Ramp that all up another notch for those in vocational ministry. Pastors and church staff can face (or impose on themselves) unrealistic expectations of how much can be done by one person. Imagine losing church members for missing one Sunday School class party! This article in Baptist Press has suggestions for pastors, including setting limits and exercising, while this article shares tips aimed directly at reducing holiday stress.

Christmas can be a wonderful, joyous, magical time of year. We can also do ourselves mental, emotional and physical harm by simply trying to do too much. There is a limit to how much we can give of ourselves. Be aware of your own limits and be considerate of the limitations of others, whether it’s family members or those who minister year round.

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