Stress-free holidays Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 December 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Mwevi Mwilima
Special to GUIDON

All of us know there are seasons when our lives are filled with nonstop activities, events, meetings, work, children’s activities and things that need to be done. We can go for days and find we barely have two minutes for ourselves. The holidays can add to the crazy pace of life.

What can we do to cut down on stress and enjoy the holidays?

The best thing to do in our busy day is to allow ourselves to take some breaks where we can enjoy the moment alone, with someone we love,  or with God. Use this break to relax, calm yourself, meditate, pray, read the book of your choice or engage in learning.

I’m a strong believer in prayer, meditation, and in occasionally taking time alone. Every time I pray it helps me to release stress in my life. Three keys that will help us with stress, are to take care of yourself, in body, mind and spirit.

All of us must try to eat healthy so that we can be strong and live longer. We must choose what we eat and drink. Watching and following the right nutritional diet, sleeping at least 8 hours a day and exercising often will help us to build a wall to protect us against stress and release some stress.

The mind is a very important part of the human body and our well-being. Our minds grow strong when we have mental activities and problems to solve. So, find a hobby, a volunteer position or learn a new skill to sharpen the mind.

Last, but not least, is our spiritual need as human beings.

Most of us can take care of our spiritual life by going to church, temple, mosque, or a place where we are in community with others focused on spiritual things. We do all of this because our spiritual tank needs to be filled up with something that is supernatural or beyond ourselves.

The holidays are busy times, but to be healthy we have to take care of ourselves. Take advantage of some time alone, time in community with others, and time with God.

(Editor’s note: Mwilima is the 31st Engineer Battalion chaplain.)