Here we go…the holidays are officially around the corner. Holidays are stressful for the healthy and the chronically ill. I’ve compiled a list of reminders that I try to stick to around the holidays. I’m not always successful at sticking to this list but it’s a good reference point if you start to feel overwhelmed.
- Check your prescriptions well before the holidays to make sure you don’t run out of medication.
- Shop online to avoid catching a cold or the flu.
- Ask your doctor about any 24/7 nurse lines they may provide.
- Dress for comfort.
- Simplify. Use paper plates instead of your normal flat wear and use gift bags instead of wrapping gifts.
- Let someone else cook. If you don’t have family close, a lot of grocery chains offer a complete meal with the turkey carved and sides and desserts prepared.
- ASK FOR HELP. Whether it’s cleaning, gift shopping, meal prepping or decorating.
- Everyone’s vision of Christmas is different. Do what version of Christmas brings YOU and your immediate family joy.
- Be compassionate to yourself. The holidays are hard on us all.
- Determine your limitations and stick to them!
- Nap as often as you can.
- Remind yourself when needed : You will not be able to make everyone happy.
- Look for joy in the things you CAN do.
- Take social media breaks if need be. Comparison is a thief of joy and most people only post their happy holiday moments, not the stressful ones. Don’t let social media make you feel like YOU aren’t enough.
- Have a person you can vent your holiday annoyances. 🙂
And of course, there’s always the Fake Caller App. This program rings your phone with a fake caller, then you can excuse yourself to take the call outside. This is great if you find yourself needing an excuse to get out of a conversation.
(I kid, mostly.)
Here’s hoping you have a Happy Holiday season,