Here’s One Quick and Easy Way to Reduce Caregiver Stress…

A few weeks ago, I hit the end of my ability to “just keep going” and here’s what I did…

I took the weekend off, took a much needed break and I did what I wanted to do (which I should warn you it wasn’t much). 

  • I stayed in my pajamas (and when I showered, I changed into clean pajamas).
  • Watched the best Hallmark Christmas movies and cried my eyes out.
  • I played games with the kids and ran around with the dog in the backyard (okay, she ran, I watched!)

I relaxed, unwound, and didn’t do anything that I “had to do.”  

Womans hands enjoying a cup of tea next to a bowl of homemade cookies- Text overlay says Here’s One Quick and Easy Way to Reduce Caregiver Stress.

I’m 100% about getting in there and doing the hard stuff.  But sometimes you have to stop, take a deep breath, and grab a much needed break…  even if you can only get a few hours.

ANYTHING that helps you combat the intense and constant stress of helping someone you love to fight this battle is a win.  

Everything will be okay… Eventually.

Woman sitting on a park bench staring at the City as the sun sets.

This is a pretty accurate life lesson and one that continues to hold true over and over again.

I’m a member of a Facebook group where people are constantly talking about how the best Hallmark Christmas movies helped them through some of the most difficult times of their lives.  

  • When their husband left
  • When their spouse died
  • Loss a family member
  • Losing a fur baby
  • Experiencing a major illness or diagnosis
  • Losing a job
  • Months of isolation spent trapped in the house

Because of the very nature of these movies, the heartfelt messages, and the fact that they reach straight down into your soul…

The best Hallmark Christmas movies reduce your stress and give you a solid two hours to escape the insanity that is your life.

There is something to be said for knowing, in advance that you’re about to get lost in an incredible story with an encouraging message that is sure to make you feel… 

  • Happy.
  • Content
  • Like anything is possible.  

These movies are created to make you feel that way. That’s why millions of people keep watching them over and over, year after year.

Because they’re incredible, meaningful, and as a bonus, they’re mindless.  

No intense scrutiny needed to follow the plot.  No insane twists and turns that require your brain to burn hundreds of calories trying to figure out what’s happening and how it’s all gonna end.

Head’s up:  How do you keep fighting when you’re exhausted and devastated?  You clear your mind, get some of this stress out of your system and you focus on what’s important.  

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Values We Want to Instill in Our Kids.

Children playing outside with bubbles

Just an easy two hours of heartfelt people, emphasizing the values that we hold dear and a few happy tears to bring it all together. 

The best Hallmark Christmas movies are full of everything we wish was actually happening in the world.

In the real world… people are awful to each other and the news is the most disturbing thing on TV.

There is something magical about these stories and everything they represent.  The things we love about the world, the things we wish people still did for each other, the heartfelt life lessons that touch your soul.

Everything that we love about being human.  And the lessons that used to exist everywhere, but over the last decade or so are not as prevalent as they should be.

Lessons like…

  • Looking out for each other.
  • Doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing.
  • Helping someone else EVEN when it doesn’t benefit you.

We miss those days.  Especially if you’re old enough to remember those days.

The best Hallmark Christmas movies remind you of the incredible things that can happen when you put your energy into something beyond yourself. 

Family is a priority to Hallmark.  Family is the most important element of the best Hallmark Christmas movies.

These movies always include a character with a huge heart who sacrifices everything for the people they care about.  And It always works out and comes together perfectly in the end. 

That’s part of the magic.  The predictability and the fact that you don’t have to overthink it for it to be amazing.

The next time you feel like you’ve hit your breaking point and you can’t keep going without a hiatus…

These movies are a sure thing. 

It’s like a Hallmark guarantee.

You’re about to embark on a journey to a place where when you do the right thing, good things come back to you.  A place where the jerk never wins, and family ALWAYS comes first.

Who doesn’t need that in their life right now?

My 10 Best Hallmark Christmas Movies 

(And where to get them year-round)

  1.  One Starry Christmas
  1.  Winter in Vail
  1.  A Very Merry Mix Up
  1.  Christmas Under Wraps
  1.  The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  1.  The Nine Lives of Christmas
  1.  A Christmas Melody
  1.  A Timeless Christmas
  1.  A Royal Christmas 
  1. A Crown for Christmas

P.S.  How do you keep fighting when you’re exhausted and devastated?  You clear your mind, get some of this stress out of your system and you focus on what’s important.  

Take Back Your Life From Cancer is a journal created to help you find hope, perspective and the motivation you’ll need to keep fighting in the midst of the storm. And the best part, it’s free. 

You can grab Take Back Your Life From Cancer here for free…

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