Holiday stress can make this Jolly time of year overwhelming!
It is that time of year again! The time of year we are supposed to cook, clean, spend money, and expected to remember this is the happiest time of the year and put a smile on our face! (Do you sense the sarcasm in my voice?) The Holidays are a challenge for a healthy person, but for someone with a Chronic Medical Condition the challenge can be overwhelming. There are ways to insure YOU enjoy the Holiday because YOU deserve that and sometimes that means YOU saying “NO!” All you type A personaities that want to please everyone I know it is hard to say “NO” But this year YOU are going to be in control and YOU are going to enjoy the Holidays just like everyone else.
How To Enjoy The Holidays And Not Feel Overwhelmed When You Feel Like You Have Been Hit With A Giant Snow Ball!
1) Know your limits and have realistic expectations for yourself.
If you have a Chronic Condition like fibromyalgia, CFIDS/ME, MS, Arthritis, or Lupus, you can not expect to cook for 50 people and not have a flare up afterwards. If you can, have a family member have the event. If this is impossible you can have family members bring side dishes or by some pre-made side dishes at the grocery store so you do not have to prepare everything yourself. Also have a place you can get away from everyone for a few minutes and have some peace and quiet. You will be surprised how refreshed you feel when you take a few minutes for yourself away from it all!