Man, our Christmas was stressful. I won’t go into the details but all the plans we had changed.

We spent the last ten days helping out a friend in dire need. Literally finding her temporary housing, a job, a new place to stay, etc.

Due to circumstances, the much anticipated New Year’s trip to the mountains with friends didn’t happen.

That’s not all. My daughter had a miscarriage, and while they were in Texas for Christmas everyone got the flu, even the baby.

They’re still sick.

My husband found a work error that shouldn’t have happened and he’s sick about it.

Many more stressful things happened but that’s not what’s important.

What I want to tell you is this: I woke up blue today. Listless and sad. I didn’t even get my morning walk with my best friend (hubby) because he had a meeting.

Here’s what turned it around . . .

My daughter asked if I could bring her lunch. I stopped by Trader’s Joes and picked up flowers and Italian chocolates. Then I went to Mad Greens and got our favorite salads. I went over and rocked sick Rosalie while hunching over our lunches.

Later, I put together a gift bag for a friend who is having surgery. I included all the comforts I would want: A silky kimono, the coziest blanket you could ever one (I already do), chocolates, and  some divine smelling candles. I wrote her a letter and told her how much her friendship blessed me.

Then I went to Goodwill and found a brand new couch and a beautiful dresser for the person I detailed above (The one getting a new house and job.) I found her plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, silverware holder, French Press, etc. All that—including the furniture—for $94! I found out they even carry brand new Serta pillowtop mattresses for about $150. Some women in line were watching me, they smiled sympathetically and said, “Looks like someone is getting a new start.”

Their comments made me realize how blessed I am.

I came home and put everything in the dishwasher. Then I ran around the house and found things like soap, toothbrushes, coffee, Kleenex, and paper towels for my friend in need.

The day turned around, just like that.

If you need a surefire way to get your out of your post holiday slump, see what you can do for someone else.

All the research backs this up.

And the topper for the day is my son called and is coming down from the mountains to go to the CU basketball game!

If that doesn’t do it, I promise this post and song (Can God Really Be Trusted in This New Year?) on my friend Leslie’s blog will do it. I’ve never read anything more heart wrenching or heard anything so beautiful.

What brings you out of your slump? 





Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."