Six Ways to Quiet during the Most Stressful Time of Year

Six Ways to Quiet during the Most Stressful Time of Year

Christmastime is often lauded as "the most wonderful time of the year," but it can feel more like the most stressful. Between a to-do-before-Christmas list as long as your arm and an abundance of festive activities, it's all too easy to let self-care go out the window. But the truth is that taking that extra moment to quiet can be the difference between a holiday season that leaves you exasperated and one that leaves you restored and renewed for the new year.

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Here Come the Holidays. . . And All the Family Drama

Here Come the Holidays. . . And All the Family Drama

It was another family gathering. Despite my determination to act more grown up, I was barely in the door before someone said something that triggered me. I immediately became obsessed with finding reasons I could blame them for the crummy way I felt. Does every holiday have to be like this? Arggghh! I thought. Not again. I was so sure I was making progress, but I am not acting like myself and I feel hopeless about ever changing.

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How I Acted like Myself at my Friend's Wedding (instead of that other perfectionistic person I used to be)

How I Acted like Myself at my Friend's Wedding (instead of that other perfectionistic person I used to be)

Weddings are some of the most joyous occasions, but as someone who struggles with anxiety, they can also be sources of tremendous stress. I’ve been in many weddings now, and they used to be punctuated by extreme distress—complete with feelings of inadequacy and devastation whenever the slightest thing went wrong. But recently, I have been learning more and more at each big, panic-inducing event to implement skills that I have learned through HCI so that I am inviting Immanuel into the ugly moments as well as the happy ones. 

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How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

How Social Isolation Is Killing Us

“Social isolation is a growing epidemic” writes Dhruv Khullar, M.D., M.P.P., a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in a recent article in the New York Times; an epidemic that has “dire physical, mental and emotional consequences” including “disrupted sleep patterns, altered immune systems, more inflammation . . . higher levels of stress hormones” and an increased “risk of heart disease and stroke.”

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Why HeartSync?

Why HeartSync?

Since the early years of the Healing Center we have been deeply investing in healing prayer. We believe that in addition to classes and Life Model exercises we all can get stuck and need individual ministry. For years we working on honing our skills in Theophostic Prayer Ministry. Dr. Ed Smith, founder of TPM, was the first to teach us how to hear from God in our places of pain.

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Healing Sammy

Healing Sammy

Today I want to share with you from a time in my life when God was very near to me, but he was not doing what I wanted, and I was not happy! Twenty years ago, when my son, Sammy, was nine, he had a simple case of strep throat. The doctor put Sammy on antibiotics and after a day or two he felt great and went back to school.

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