It’s that time of year again! The excitement, anticipation, and…the stress! But why is it so overwhelming? Every year I hear others with chronic illness talk about how much they are dreading the season and how they just want to crawl under the covers and sleep until it’s over. Does anyone else feel like the expectations are set so high that the spirit has been taken out of them?
Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas decor need to be pinterest or instagram worthy. Gifts need to be better than the year before and wrapped beautifully under the tree. Everyone one is stressed trying to make everything so perfect, but at what cost?
Then on top of all that, for people such as myself, also trying to keep up and manage a chronic illness. It just feels impossible and that’s because it is. Here are some tips I’ve learned on how to not only survive the holidays with a chronic illness, but enjoy them too!
It Doesn’t Need To Be Perfect
The first few years after my diagnosis, I was always worried it was going to be my last and that everything needed to be perfect. And all I did was wear myself out emotionally and physically. It took all the joy right out of me and left me feeling more like the grinch instead.
One year I decided that I was no longer going to sabotage myself and my holiday magic. Instead I was going to figure out what I needed to do to make it all work. And the truth is, I just needed to step back and let it happen. I mean sure I had some work to do, but by taking that weight off my shoulders, I was able to enjoy it all that much more.