Feeling Joyful And Blessed For Being A Farmer Yet?

Nor' east Thinkin'

Tips for salvaging your mental well-being during the Christmas holidays

Published on: December 21, 2011

A lot of people I know get depressed over the Christmas holidays  (farm folks, too) because they feel their life is out of control. Too much to do; too little time, and maybe too little money, to do it.

If that's your dilemma, try this: Repeat after me: “I’m not going crazy. I don’t have to get everything on my list done.”

Again: “I’m not going crazy. Most things on my list do not have to be done in the next few days. I’m in control! And my decision is to relax, savor the Christmas season and enjoy those around me!”

In recent weeks, I’ve talked with a number of farmers who are scaling back their family gift-giving and all the shopping and money-spending that goes with it. They’ve discovered that time is the most precious gift they can give those who are most precious to them.

So take the hint: Kick off your work boots earlier in the day. Shed those overalls. Plan to invest more time on what you find most enjoyable – your family, friends or, maybe, your favorite sports team – unless of course it’s the Jets or Eagles. (They’re lost for the year.)

You’ve likely had a tough year farming. You need a well-deserved break – a mental refresher.

We all have much to be thankful for. We live in an unparalleled time of abundance. We farm in a time of unparalleled technologies. Despite taxes and politics, we still live in the most unrepressed nation of the world.

And your mental health will take a huge positive leap if you count your blessings, and thank your Creator for them – including the greatest blessing which Christmas is supposed to be centered on.

And while you’re in a prayerful mood, pray for America. It needs divine leadership – the kind of guidance no politician can hope to offer. If enough of us do this, America will correct its course.  

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