The holidays can bring on anxiety. Whether we are in a blended family and certain people are not invited to the family gathering, or if we fret about how to impress someone with gifts that we cannot afford; there is that feeling of dread and/or excitement. Whatever the case might be there is that feeling of uncertainty and that can cause one to act irrational.

As a person who wants to have emotional sobriety, it is important for us to be watchful with our emotions. In other words, are we hungry, angry, lonely or tired? When these needs go unaddressed, it is hard to differentiate what we are actually feeling. And as a result, we have expectations of others who normally cannot fulfill our desires. Either they are not capable or they have other aspirations that are different than ours. So in actuality what we are really doing is setting ourselves up for failure and that can cause us to relapse.

On the other hand, if we want to gain serenity and avoid stress, then we accept life on life’s terms. We do not have to wait around to determine what the outcome will be. We take charge of our own lives. We learn to avoid negative and unhealthy people who might bring us down. Keep active with as little as 15 to 30 minutes of physical activity most days to avoid mood swings. Aim at eating healthy balanced meals. Add at least eight hours of sleep with a consistent bedtime. Get organized and set good boundaries. Learn how to say “no thank you.” And most importantly, we can cultivate our spirituality and believe in something larger than ourselves. This helps us cope with life’s ups and downs. And whenever we are in doubt, pray helps.

Philippians 4:6 (ESV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” This is the season for a new beginning; in with the new and out with the old because we are worth it!