5 Ways To Make It Through The Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time, but they can also be an exhausting one too. For those living with a chronic illness or disease, that feeling can often be magnified.

Don’t allow all of the events and obligations of December to knock you off your feet. Here are five ways to effectively manage the holiday season.

christmas-party-conversationCreate a plan of action: Being mentally and physically present for periods of non-stop socializing and activity is challenging for anyone, but can prove impossible for those with a chronic illness. Whether it means arriving late or setting aside a break period to retreat in your bedroom, think in advance about what you’ll be able to handle and then adjust accordingly.

Lower your standards: This is simply a matter of being realistic and not lowering the quality of your holiday. Buy a pre-made pie crust instead of making one from scratch or do your shopping online instead of wading through a chaotic mall. Finding more low-keys to engage in holiday tasks will allow you to conserve energy so that you can take part in the things that matter most to you.

Delegate: Don’t feel like you have to be superman/woman. If you’re going to decorate the three, have someone else cook dinner or wrap presents. It’s only fair that everyone play their role in the celebrations.

Stay mobile: The holidays are notorious for long stretches of sitting and eating. Take a walk while you’re waiting for food to cook and make a snowman with your relatives.

Don’t give into guilt: You may feel pressure from family or friends to take part in certain holiday events. Don’t back down from your plan. Focus on what makes the holidays mean something to you and make some tough, but firm choices about what you won’t do.