Christmas cheer beats Christmas stress. Half a dozen ‘healthier holidays’ blogs!

As Christmas comes around it can be helpful to claim some spiritual space amid the more material demands that seem to be piling on top of us and trying to bury our seasonal joy and peace. My colleagues and I have posted blogs to encourage and support a more spiritual approach to the holidays, and here – in alphabetical order, to be scrupulously fair! – is a selection of those pieces. 

All images on this page ©Glowimages - all models for illustrative purposes only

All images on this page ©Glowimages – all models for illustrative purposes only

@Glowimages 20061209_jh0165.The Chattanoogan – Debra Chew

Beating Holiday Depression – Mind, Heart, Body And Spirit

This article includes a heart-warming healing, through spiritual means, of seasonal affective disorder – which has the appropriate acronym of SAD.

BuzzFeed – Tony Lobl

Christmas Or Stressmas? 7 Spiritual Ways To Bring Out The Joy!

The need to balance work, home and social activities can be intense during the holidays yet it can add stress and reduce joy to be governed by too rigid a to-do list. How about reducing stress and adding joy by giving yourself some spiritual gifts?

@Glowimages 42-18153435.The Vancouver Sun – Anna Bowness-Park

Owning our Health: Finding peace in a noisy world

‘One of the main gifts from the Christmas season is not so much its celebration but the opportunity it presents to learn more about the deep and true meaning of peace, and to practice peace..’

The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne) – Katie S Brown

Quiet reflection can ease holiday stress

‘Many of us know from our own experience and experts agree that sharing of spirituality, whether in places of worship or other settings with family and friends, provides a support network that is a useful way to reduce stress. Spirituality, in this context, generally means recognizing that a higher power helps you find a deeper sense of purpose and makes it possible for you to release a personal sense of responsibility by trusting the Divine…’

Huffington Post – Ingrid Peschke

@Glowimages 1780195.‘Tis the Season to Be #Unselfie

‘A Michigan man and four friends set up camp in freezing temps in front of a Best Buy the week before Black Friday, complete with a generator, heater, and flat screen TV. The retailer happily let them use their restrooms. I wondered, Would they also be cooking a Thanksgiving turkey in their tent?’

Cleveland Heights Patch – Steven Salt

Transforming a bah-humbug attitude into a healthier you

Beneath our culture’s obsession with wealth and power, status and celebrity, millions of Americans are quietly engaged in a deeply religious struggle to wake up from petty selfishness and to embrace a life of benevolence and compassion,” according to Stephen Post, researcher, author and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics in the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (SUNY).


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Categories: Spirituality and Society

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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