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Oh, the Things the Holidays Bring...
Many people love the holidays and Christmas season. This includes the disabled and those with chronic illness. All the warm, fuzzy feelings and gatherings with loved ones can bring real cheer. Yet many of us feel like we need to survive the holidays, too.
The holidays bring along with them: Increased physical activity, shopping for gifts, sparkly lights, Christmas carols on repeat, rich foods, sweet treats and more. I admit that I love all that, but it also means an increase in pain levels if left unmanaged. Many of us with chronic illnesses or disabilities would love to immerse ourselves in all that fun and festivities. But yet most of us struggle to even get through a single event.
The Season of Endless Triggers
Sensory overload and burning our limited energy supplies take a heavy toll on us spoonies. Bright, flashing lights can trigger migraines and epilepsy. Feasting on rich foods, even a bite of it, can prove nauseating or dangerous for many. Are we destined to have miserable holidays forever?!
Here’s a compilation of what hurts and helps the most over the holiday season. They’re opinions from 18 people with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities themselves. These tips can be particularly helpful this year, with the pandemic affecting everyone. Have a read and share your thoughts in the comments below, too!
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How Does Chronic Illness or Disability Affect You During the Holiday Season?
What is Your Best Tip to Survive the Holidays, Especially in Lockdown Mode?
Make decisions ahead of time. Be ready with a firm and confident response when family/friends question your decline of an invitation. And just honor your physical, emotional, mental needs (well, ALL of your needs). Fill your cup first before expending your time and energy. You’d have a much greater time with family/friends when you focus on managing and taking care of your needs.
seekingserenity and harmony
I think it’s going to be tempting to let go of traditions and celebrations due to COVID-19 this year. But, I feel that it’s more important than ever to follow through, grounding us in something from “reality”.
So agree with so many of these suggestions, particularly about having smaller celebrations if that’s what feels better for you. And screenshotting recipes for food intolerances – I do that so often!