This is a particularly hard time of year for the chronically ill, so I want to throw out some suggestions so that one can make it through in one piece!
- Try not to feel guilty that other people are in charge of a big meal for the family. Simple recipes can be prepared in advance and helped with, but don't hurt yourself trying to go out of your way to create everything the way you could before you became ill. It will just build resentment between yourself and others.
- If you don't have a job, try not to beat yourself up for the amount of money spent on presents. Make things from the heart (food, cards, art...) and spend your time with them in the moment. That is the spirit of Christmas. Hopefully, everyone is understanding and encouraging towards the less expensive practice.
- If you have too much family drama around the holidays, make sure you have boundaries in place. Stress is not good for the chronically ill body. The fights are just not worth your peace of mind.
- Make sure that you have your medication well-stocked over the Christmas season. Doctors will be tricky to contact and no one has a good relationship with a chronically ill patient withdrawing from medication. It's just not a good scene.
- Know when to duck into another room just to have a breather. I know that if I don't take some time for me during pain moments, I'm definitely not going to be able to give my best to my family and friends.
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Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! If you have time, give me a picture of how you will spend Christmas (etc...)!