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   Christmas can be a very fun time of year. Christmas can also be a very stressful time of year. I do think I have the solution for that Holiday Strain


  The old adage “take time to stop and smell the roses” has been on my mind a lot the last week or so. Here in the radio world Christmas season is pure madness. It starts with Black Friday and will not stop until Christmas is over. It is a very stressful time for me. I also suffer from a mild form of Seasonal Affect Disorder. I just don’t get along well when the sun has a short life in the sky every day.  The constant running and the lack of sunlight together take an effect on me and I will admit that in the past I have let it get the better of me.  But not this year, and I’ll tell you how I am going to do it.


  I have heard that misery loves company, so why not happiness.  The first thing that I am going to do, every day I am going to start out in the morning sending out messages to my family and friends letting them know that I am thinking about them. Just a short message stating that they are on my mind and wishing them a great day. It makes me feel better to wish someone a great day and it makes them feel good to know that they are on your mind. So I am change he phrase “misery loves company” to “happiness loves company”.


  Secondly, every morning I will be taking stock in the things that I am grateful for. If you are a list maker, get out a piece of paper and pen and write them down. If like me you are not quite that organized take five minutes of quiet time in the morning and just think about these things. I know that when I have been doing this I come up with at least one or two people that I am thankful to have in my life and I use this to help me in the first step I mentioned here.  


  Finally, and I think most importantly, HIT THE BREAKS. If just for fifteen minutes a day during the holidays slow down for a moment. Take this opportunity to sit with your family or friends and just talk. Share stories about your day and ask them about their day. Engage in meaningful conversation with someone. Hug your children, make time to tell your spouse how much they mean to you, call your mom……you get the idea.


   Christmas is about love. It is about family, it’s about giving. Not gifts but a little of yourself, a part of yourself that is intangible, your love. Take the time to slow down and forget all the lights, trees, sales, piles of gifts under the tree, because in moments that will all be gone. Because the things that last, can’t be bought with money, they can only come from the heart.


  Thank you for taking the time to read,