It’s the holidays. If you are like most Americans you will find yourself caught up in the frenzy of the holidays, over-scheduled, overspending, and overeating. Even when we try to keep it simple or focus on only our faith practices or the coming of the new year, the gravity of the holiday season pulls at all of us with the force of an inevitable black hole. If you are able to resist it, that is amazing, but I’d be willing to bet you still feel the effects of it or see the effects on friends or family. 

Book Cover of How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis

For those who struggle with mental health, the pressures and temptations of the holidays can add additional weight to the everyday effort it takes to go through the day.

KC Davis knows exactly how that feels. In her book “How to Keep House While Drowning” she shares the tools through her own journey of struggle and chaos as a mom of young children in the midst of a pandemic, addiction and recovery, as a person with ADD, plus a lot more. Last but not least, she is a licensed professional therapist.

I’ll let her bio speak for her here:

“KC’s compassionate and practical approach to self and home care for those dealing with mental health, physical illness, and hard seasons of life has drawn over a million followers on social media in less than a year. Her book, “How to Keep House While Drowning” has sold over 70,000 copies and is currently an Amazon bestseller.

KC Davis began her therapy journey at 16 when she entered treatment for drug addiction and mental health issues. After getting sober she became a speaker and advocate for mental health and recovery. Professionally, KC has worked most of her career in the field of addiction in roles such a therapist, consultant, and executive director. She lives in Houston with her husband and two daughters. “

~ Struggle Care

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This book specifically is written for those who are struggling to care for themselves and their home. Really. I mean it. She even maps a shorter path through the book that lets her readers glean the most information with the least amount of effort. It’s for people struggling with depression or chronic illness. She comes at the idea of taking care of a house as a morally neutral action.

Do you see cleanliness as morally neutral?

Most of us grew up with messages that cleanliness was the goal and if we failed at that, it was wrong or bad. It came with a moral message. “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” Have you heard that old chestnut? It’s been bantered about since the 1700s and made its way into more than a few sermons in the Victorian era and more than a few mothers’ mouths as a way to encourage their kids to be clean.  No. It’s not in the Christian Bible. But I’m sure more than one of us labored under the illusion that it WAS. I did for a time in my youth.

If a book is too much, you can check out her podcast(s). Or TedTalk. Or website. Or Instagram. Or TikTok! She is a prolific creator of content. We hope you enjoy this read.

We here at Abide Counseling wish you and yours the happiest of Holidays and a New Year with mental, physical and spiritual health, whatever your practice may be.

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