With the pressure to buy more, do more and eat more during the holiday season, Mercy Hospital Ardmore is asking area residents to step back from the hustle and bustle and do one simple thing — count their blessings.
Why? A study conducted by the American Psychological Association indicates 68 percent of adults feel greater fatigue during the holidays. And that's not all, 61 percent feel more stress than at other times of the year. The prescription for relief fatigue and stress? Take a time out and count your blessings.
Why does it work?
Dr. Doug Walker, psychologist, clinical director of Mercy Family Center in New Orleans and an expert in coping with stress, said the act of taking time to count your blessings does two things, reduces stress and promotes inner peace. Walker, who has assisted survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Japan's tsunami, Joplin's tornado and other victims of devastating events, describes the act of counting blessings, as "almost something magical," adding "it's all about perspective."
Because perspective matters, Mercy Hospital Ardmore is inviting south central Oklahomans to join hospital staff this year in not only counting their blessings but sharing them online at www.OurBlessingsCount.com.
In order to get you started, Robert Chimwaza, Mercy Hospital Ardmore Chaplain, and Sister of Mercy Mary Roch Rocklage share these thoughts on blessings.
"It is a privilege and an honor to pray and show compassion during times of suffering with our patients and their families — nothing short of a blessing," said Chimwaza.
"Blessings are a two-way street. Both giver and receiver are blessed. That's the way of a blessing. There's no greater way to know peace and joy than sharing our blessings," said Rocklage.
Counting your blessings a way to relieve stress, gain perspective