Holidays are coming! But for those who are battling a chronic illness just the thought of the holidays can be exhausting.
I suffered from severe fatigue for many years and getting through the holidays was rough.
Simple Rules for Surviving the Holidays
The following tips helped me to survive the holidays with a chronic fatigue. Hopefully you will find them helpful too!
These tips are awesome even if you do not have a chronic illness!
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I love to make plans, especially party plans. So, planning for the holidays is something I do… overdo.
If you have a limited amount of energy, use it wisely. My guess is many of us tend to overdo because we are tired of missing out and frustrated for not being able to do things we used to.
Schedule your recovery time between the events.
Keep a list of activities that are labeled as “maybe”. And do also those IF you really have the energy to do them.
By following the simple rules you will not only get through the Holidays but enjoy them!
- Make a Plan
- Keep It Small and Simple
- Be Flexible
- Give Yourself Time to Recover
Here are some more specific ideas for:
Write a gift list. Keep an ongoing list so you can jot down ideas when your child or friend mentions something they like.
Buy presents throughout the year. Keep a list of things you have bought and maybe even write down where you hid the present. So you don’t have to frantically search for presents that you know you bought but just can’t remember where you put them.
Shopping no matter how fun that sounds, can be exhausting. All the sounds, lights, scents, and the people! I love the stores around Christmas time. But not when they are crowded.
Go to the stores when it is not busy. Or better yet shop online. Amazon Prime is a great help for the chronically ill. No need to worry about minimum purchases because the shipping is free and fast. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial!
Wrap your presents early. Don’t wait till Christmas Eve. (Use bags or decorative boxes for easy wrapping.) If your closet space does not have room for a ton of wrapped gifts start putting them under the Christmas tree as you go. Or use them as Christmas decorations on shelves etc.
First of all, don’t feel obligated to participate in every single party you are invited to. I know you might want to go but for your health’s sake don’t. Learn to thank for the invitation and send your regrets without feeling like you need to explain.
Secondly, we all love homemade goodies but there is nothing wrong with buying the pie from the store and bringing it to the party. Bought with thought and love :).
If you host a party, keep it small and simple. A party is still a party even if you only have a few guests.
The house does not have to be spotless and sparkling. The food does not need to be made from the scratch. You could of course prepare and freeze some dishes ahead.
If the preparations tire you out, you won’t be able to enjoy the party. Your friends and family come to the party to spend time with you.
If you need to leave a party or end a party early, do so. Come up with a signal you can give to your significant other when it is time to go.
3. Staying Healthy
Remember to give yourself time to recover. Keep your immune system healthy and prepare ahead of time.
It took me a long time to remember to increase certain supplements before the parties and other events. I’d always think about it after the fact.
Since I had a severe adrenal fatigue, it was helpful to me to increase adrenal support. I took more of the essential supplements before, during and after the party. It also helped me tremendously to increase my salt intake.
You might also want to consider these supplements for fighting colds.
4. Stress Relief
Figure out ways to reduce stress in the stressful situations. Maybe you don’t find being around people exhausting but if you do you may want to learn to practice some stress relieving activities.
You might find the Emotional Freedom Technique helpful too. And a little alone time, even just for a couple of minutes in the middle of the party, does wonders.
The recovery time can be festive. Prepare a Christmas Activity Bag for yourself with the ideas mentioned in the Magical Christmas for the Chronically Ill.
Keep Your To Do List Small and Simple!
Whatever you are able to do this Holiday Season do it with your whole heart!
What is on your priority list?
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