Although Hanukkah has come and gone, I'm still very much in the holiday mood. Growing up, my family always celebrated Christmas since my grandma was Catholic, my uncle was Christian, and...well...it was a super fun excuse to be together. The past two years, I've headed up north to visit John's family in Rochester and this year will be our third holiday together. I'm very excited! It's tough to be so far away from them during the year, so John and I are looking forward to some extended, quality Ferrarone time. I have a feeling there will be some cookie decorating action, yummy food, and lots of board games!
What are your plans for the holiday season? Are you staying close to home or travelling to be with family or friends? Are you perhaps jetting off to some exciting destination? Do tell...
The holidays are a time for family, friends, fun and food, and I think it's safe to say that no one wants to set a place at the table for illness. However, in order to feel well for ourselves and for the people we love, it's necessary to maintain a certain awareness. This doesn't mean we should dwell on our diagnosis - it just means we need to check in with our bodies like we would with any house guest. It means that some of our traditions might need to be subtly tailored (for example, sitting on a comfy chair while opening presents instead of the hard floor). Don't let these changes upset you - you're being smart and ensuring you'll last more than a day! Don't be afraid to set boundaries and to be honest about your limitations. Pace your days and try to be okay with not doing everything or seeing everyone. Don't be afraid to ask for some team work when it comes to cooking (pot lucks are always delicious!) and make sure you're getting enough rest. It's easier said than done, but try your best to stick to your healthy routines - trust me, your bod will thank you for it.
Check out these fantastic articles filled with self-care reminders for us chronic babes:
First is Chronicbabe.com's blog carnival called "Surviving the Holidays" - here you'll find 12 awesome pieces from twelve different writers! Each post has a uniquely important perspective and gives some great advice for a happier holiday season...from creating a practical timeline (factoring in time to relax!) to little tips that will jut make you smile (like "starting with dessert!")
And another good read:
Please feel free to share any of your tips and tricks for a healthier, happier holiday season!