The holidays can be exhausting for everyone. This year, make a commitment to do the holidays without the hustle. If you’re in treatment and don’t have the stamina for your usual holiday festivities, there are still things you can do to honor your traditions and celebrate with your family.
- Rest up
Feeling tired is a normal symptom of treatment (and of the holidays). You don’t have to skip celebrations, but rest before you go and if you begin to feel tired, listen to your body and take a break. Make sure to plan ahead and incorporate times for rest in your holiday outings.
- Treat yourself
If you’re feeling well enough to eat, go ahead and indulge in your favorite holiday food. Just remember to indulge in moderation and talk to your doctor beforehand.
- Shake things up
If you usually host for the holidays, try changing things up this year. Pass off hosting responsibilities to another family member or ask others to bring a dish or two so you’re not taking on all of the cooking yourself. Think about what you’re comfortable with doing and don’t overexert yourself. We know it’s hard to change up traditions but think about the meaning behind the traditions and celebrate being surrounded by friends and family. If you are the king/queen of Black Friday shopping but don’t have the energy to fight the crowds this year, plan a Cyber Monday party instead! Invite all of your Black Friday shopping friends over and take advantage of the deals from the comfort of your own home.
- Spend time with the people who matter most
Attend get togethers in any way you can. Being surrounded by the people you love will be a real morale booster. If you’re not feeling well enough to attend events, try using FaceTime or other chatting apps to stay connected.
- Talk to your doctor
If you have any questions or concerns leading into the holiday season, talk to your doctor about your concerns. They will be able to help you figure out what your limits are and plan for a happy, stress-free holiday season.