Tis the season for stress and pain triggers. Here are some helpful tips to get through while managing pain.
- Be realistic
Don’t take on more than you know you can manage. There are a lot of expectations, but your health and well-being are first. Decide what you can take on and feel ok saying no thank you to plans or projects that seem too much.
- Share the load
You do not have to do everything yourself. Ask others to help you decorate your home or pay the neighbor’s kid to shovel your sidewalk. If you can’t manage to host this year, ask a family or friend if they would be willing to host at their house.
- Shop online
Online shopping has changed the world. It’s the easiest way to avoid crowds and craziness this time of year. You can order groceries, alcohol, decorations, and even cards online. This can help you manage your time and save energy for other activities.
- Keep to everyday routines.
Keeping a routine is tough during the holidays. Keep your medication schedule, your sleep schedule, and your exercise routine. This helps you feel as well as you can, regardless of what is happening.
You are not the only person who will be stressed over the holidays. Pretty much everyone is overwhelmed or stretched during this time of year. It’s ok to have some downtime and enjoy the season. Be sure to communicate with family members, friends, or event if you need to skip or stay home.
This time of year can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of expectations. You control what you choose to care about and where you spend your energy. Remember to take a moment and enjoy this time of year and the people you love most.