How To Survive the Holidays with a Chronic Illness
The holiday season is upon us and sometimes it can get quite busy and stressful. For the average person this can be quite tiring. But for someone with a chronic illness it can be a time of exhaustion as stress causes symptoms to flare. So, as someone with multiple chronic illnesses, I am offering some tips on How To Survive the Holidays with a Chronic Illness.
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How to Survive the Holidays
First of all don’t try to do it all!
Although in your head it all sounds good, your body will tell you otherwise. Sometimes you just have to say no. So, decide which events or activities are the most important to you and decline on the others. Spending time with your children will probably be more important than signing up for the potluck lunch at your lady’s club.
Plan ahead and schedule rest if you can.
If you know you have several days in a row of activities, make sure you get plenty of rest in the days leading up to that. If the activity is on a weekend evening, try taking a nap that afternoon. Rest is really important during this time of year!
Be ok with plans changing and be honest with others.
If you have something scheduled and you wake up feeling really bad that day, cancel your plans. But be honest about why your plans have changed. There is no need to make up excuses – your health is the most important reason!
Enlist the help of others.
If you can afford it, hire a maid so you don’t have to stress about a dirty house. At this time of year there are a lot of teenagers looking to make extra money as well. The Nextdoor app is a great place to find young people in your area looking for work. If spending money on these things is out of the question, find a family or church member willing to help out. Again, if you are honest most people are more than willing to help out.
Do your shopping online.
First of all, being around crowds of people this time of year can lead to unwanted colds and flu. (And my pharmacist mentioned that the flu is supposed to be really bad this year). It will also conserve your energy. Most companies offer free shipping this time of year so take advantage of it. This even includes your groceries. I do my grocery shopping at Walmart – pickup is free. Other grocery stores charge a small fee but it can be worth it to avoid all the illnesses going around!
And finally, some great advice from Julie at Counting My Spoons “When you start feeling it’s time to slow down and rest, it’s time to slow down and rest. Don’t continually push through only to pay for it later.”
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Great advice. I know everyone tends to try to do it all to please others, but it’s ok to slow down. I think it’s especially important during the holiday season to not over do things.
My heart goes out to anyone suffering from a chronic illness. Enlisting help from others and shopping online are great ideas. I love all your tips.
These are great tips and ideas. It’s true that you can’t do it all and pick what you love the most.
These are great tips, and they can work for others as well!
Excellent and informative post! Really, the chronic illness must not hamper one from enjoying the holiday season to the fullest. Some careful planning and scheduling always help, coupled with some helpful and understanding family members and friends.
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