We keep such heavy schedules in preparation for big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, that we don’t have time to consider how we really feel. After the hustle and bustle, when reality sets in, we collapse.
Weeks of poor food choices, lack of sleep, and constant company drain us and set us up for depression. We start to pull apart all our efforts for the perfect holiday. The decorations are all faded. Why didn’t Granny like her present? I just got the credit card bill. The house is filthy again.
However, we can help ourselves a little bit. Ask your doctor about medication, if necessary. Talk to a good friend about how you feel. Make better food choices. Toss leftovers that upset your weight, stomach, and attitudes.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9, MSG)