Self-Care During the Holidays

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Holidays can be fun and festive but can also be a source of stress for those dealing with a chronic illness.  It can be hard for friends and family to understand the pain and fatigue that makes it difficult for us to participate in or plan for various activities. Symptoms, like heavy bleeding, significant pain, fatigue, or bowel symptoms, can make even everyday activities difficult. There is also the added strain on finances from medical care and lost wages.

Remember that others may not understand and that’s okay. There will be those who will be sympathetic even if they don’t comprehend…and there will be those who won’t. Focus your energy on what means the most to you.  

Sometimes the pressure comes ourselves and not from others. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Chronic illness can take a toll physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s important to take care of each of these aspects of health during the holidays. Rest for body and mind is important.  It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to turn your phone off. It’s okay to not check your messages or social media. It’s okay to disconnect when you need to. It’s okay to say “no” and not offer deeper explanation of why.

What are your tips for dealing with the holidays? Head over to our Facebook group and drop a note in the post.