Helpful Hints for the Holidays!

Good Morning, Spoonies!

From one spoonie to another, the holidays can be daunting and anxiety inducing. It’s okay to admit that even though you love (or just tolerate) your family, the Christmas season is a busy one that wreaks havoc on our bodies. Here are some hints that can hopefully make this season a happier one for us all!

  1. Designate a time out for yourself and stick to it! Even if it’s just 10 minutes of solitude in your Aunt’s bathroom, it’s okay to need a break from the Yuletide Cheer. Practice some Deep Breathing techniques and re-center yourself at least three times a day (maybe more if you’re having a particularly rough day).
  2. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your family will never understand the weight of your illnesses if you hide it from them. I’ve learned this the hard way.
  3. If you’re travelling for the holidays prepare early. Each day leading up to the date of travel tackle one task. If you are leaving Thursday begin packing the weekend before. Monday ensure the gifts are in order. Tuesday get your medications and aids in place. Wednesday do a run-through to ensure everything will fit in the vehicle and that you’re not forgetting anything. Rest for breaks when you need to. This is a monumental feat for us Spoonies.
  4. Set limits for yourself that you and your family stick to. Do not take on more than you can handle. If you feel yourself about to spiral in pain and fatigue it is time to rest. If you told your Aunt that you only have 2 hours to spend with her, stick to that. You know your body better than anyone.
  5. Understand that not everyone will be receptive to your restrictions and that’s okay. It’s not their battle to fight, it is yours. And it is you that will have to pay the price for over exertion. Please do not let them wear you down or get to you. Do not let them talk you in to doing more than you can handle. You’re a warrior, this is true, but even warriors have their limits.
  6. Know that I am here for you. Always. My email is chronicallycourtney@gmail.com and I’m rooting for you this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!

Courtney

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Courtney

Courtney

Hey! My name is Courtney and I am a wife, a mom to a pup and cat, and I just happen to have a few chronic illnesses that have drastically changed my life. I've gained a brand new perspective of life and who I want to be while I face these new challenges. I am so excited about this new phase and meeting fellow Chronic Warriors! Please join me! Love and Gentle Hugs xx Courtney

2 thoughts to “Helpful Hints for the Holidays!”

  1. I both hate and love holidays! As a kid, this time of year was magic to me. Now it’s stressful, chaotic, and anxiety-inducing. I have an aunt that doesn’t get it, a mom that does, and a grandmother that thinks she has it all figured out. The rest of my large family is indifferent, or some combo of the above. The slightest thing can set me off; one minute I’m fine, having what seems to be a good day, and then all of a sudden I feel a little Jeckle/Hyde-like! This year the family tradition of tree decorating was flawless, but last year I was almost in tears. This year the complications with food and my allergies and all went alright. Last year, I was made to feel the biggest inconvenience. Last year, game time was hard for me to participate in, but I survived. This year I managed it just fine, mood-wise, but my pain skyrocketed. It’s so unpredictable, and it makes it so hard to just enjoy what used to be my favorite time of year! I’m grateful I’ve found ways to manage my anxiety, and that I have a supplement for emergencies, but it’s knowing that this time, I might just be too much of an inconvenience to handle for my own family. Or next time.

    1. Yes, Christmas can be magical, but other times it’s just a giant stress-filled exhaustion-inducing pain in the bum! I just hope the magic outweighs the negative aspects. xo

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