3 Simple Ways to Care for Yourself and Your Family This Season


3 Simple Ways to Care for Yourself and Your Family This Season “So much to do, so little time” I say to myself as I look at yet another event I committed to.  Between the kid’s schools, church events, and the *undue* pressure I put on myself to say ‘yes’ – I feel my chest tighten and breath get shallow.  These are the physical sensations that should accompany a near death experience, not the Christmas season.  And yet, here we are.

Sound familiar? Many of us look at this as the ‘normal’ experience of the holidays.  But It doesn’t need to be.

This year, I want to invite you to explore what a different normal could look like.  What if normal could look like taking a step back and observing what is important to you? What if normal meant saying no to the good so you could say yes to the best? Maybe this year, life is challenging in new ways with finances, grief, sickness, or divorce.  Maybe this year, the challenge lies in the blessing of a new child or a new job. Or maybe…this year doesn’t look much different than last for you, yet there is a tugging on your heart to live in greater peace and rest this season.

3 Simple Ways to Care for Yourself and Your Family This Season

  1. Get Outside

Fresh air is a great grounding resource.  We all know that living in Nashville means Christmas weather could be 20 degrees or 70 degrees! Regardless of the weather, don’t forget to step outside or go for a walk and breathe deeply.

  1. Write Two Lists

I personally love this exercise when I’m feeling stressed.  Make your first list of things you can control and your second list of things you can’t control.  It’s great to have a visual of both lists and a focus on what is in your control (read: NOT other people J)

  1. Presence over Presents

Whether your kids say it or not, what they really want is connection with you.  This could be as simple as baking cookies or playing a board game together.  I’m always amazed at what intentional connection with my kids does for their hearts and mine.

Let us know how you care for yourself in busy seasons!


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Christy Hughes
Hi there! I'm Christy. I'm a mama to two beautiful girls and a rescue pup, who has been mistaken more than once for an Ewok. I was born in rural East Tennessee but grew up in Southern Illinois. After college, I moved to Nashville, where I met my husband in 2002. We now live in Murfreesboro and have loved raising our family here. After six years as a stay-at-home mom, I finished my MA in Professional Counseling at Liberty University and returned to work as a trauma therapist. Balancing a graduate program and parenting young children taught me a lot about the gift of being human and having limits. As a therapist, it is a sacred space to hold the stories that have never been spoken before. As they are shared, witnessing shame fall away and healing begin is an honor. I hope to encourage other women to share their stories and give themselves the compassion they need through this journey called life and motherhood. I live life and motherhood through a Christian worldview. My hope is to encourage other women in their relationship with Christ, themselves, and others. In my free time, I love hiking, traveling, camping, writing, and music. I love people and I love to recharge by being alone. I find that I have much more to say on paper than in person. I look forward to sharing the ups and downs of life and motherhood with you! Connect with me on my Facebook Page.


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