ALREADY I CAN FEEL the stress. Only four weeks until Christmas and so much to do:
Greeting cards to write and send.
Gifts to purchase and wrap. Cookies to bake.
Decorating to do. Holiday events to attend. Travel.
Menus to plan. Food to buy and prepare.
It all can seem a bit overwhelming, throwing me into a rather Grinch-like state of mind. What’s a woman to do?
Short of acting like a Grinch and eliminating some items from that list, which I’m not going to do, I have one choice. That’s to cope. But how?
My friend Mandy Blume, who’s a nurse practitioner and the parish nurse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, my home congregation, is coordinating a Stress Relief Workshop set for 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the Trinity Fellowship Hall.
If you can squeeze this into your pre-holiday schedule, do. Susan Knutson, a registered nurse and certified healing touch practitioner from Rochester, will speak on “Stress in the holidays & healing touch.”
Workshop attendees will participate in stress relief activities such as guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing.
Mandy even promises massages. Can you feel your muscles loosening already, the tension easing from your body?
The majority of the workshop—and Mandy emphasizes the word “workshop” over “presentation”—will be hands-on participating in and learning stress-reducing skills. In other words, do not expect simply to sit and take notes or read hand-outs. Oh, no.
Additionally, delicious snacks (and knowing Mandy, also healthy) and beverages will be available and door prizes awarded.
Cost is only $10. Register today by contacting the Trinity church office at 507-331-6579.
Or, you can just show up at 2 p.m. this Sunday in the Trinity Fellowship Hall, 530 Fourth Street N.W., Faribault, with your payment, although Mandy would appreciate preregistration.
(If you cannot afford the $10 registration fee, talk to Mandy.)
HOW DO YOU DEAL with stress during the holidays?
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling