Getting everything ready for the Christmas season can be daunting for someone who is healthy, but for someone with fibromyalgia it can be a real struggle. It is important at this time of year not to over-do things or you may pay the price post-Christmas or not enjoy the main event as you are too exhausted. Try to enlist as much help as you can over this festive season, stay as healthy as possible and don’t take on more than you can handle.
Let’s have a look at some things that can be done to help take the strain out of Christmas…
First and foremost, stay as healthy as you can. Remember to eat well during the festive season, make sure that you get enough nutrients in your diet and try to avoid foods that you know disagree with you. Certain fatty foods or alcohol, that you wouldn’t normally indulge in, can set off IBS. It’s not easy when you are surrounded by temptation, but you will feel a whole lot better for it. Try to schedule in some light exercise and remember to have a good bedtime routine so that you are as rested as possible.
Don’t be a perfectionist, it really doesn’t matter if every little task isn’t completed before the big day. Prioritise the things that are really important and if the little things don’t get done, try not to worry about it too much. Certainly don’t take on extra tasks in the run up to the big day, the spring cleaning and the DIY can wait!
Enlist as much help as you can. If you have children, let them put up the Christmas tree. It may not be just how you would like it, but it will still be lovely. If you don’t have anyone to help with the tree, consider putting it up in stages or downsizing to a smaller, more manageable tree.
If you have access to a computer, maybe try some online shopping for Christmas gifts. Many places deliver very promptly now and some even wrap the present for you. If online shopping is not for you, then do your shopping in small manageable steps or perhaps you know people that would appreciate some cash for Christmas.
Finally, remember to pace yourself. If you have lots of invites with work, family or friends then remember not to tire yourself out at the first party. People should understand if you are not the last one to leave, explain to people that you have to take extra special care of yourself at this busy time of year.
Most importantly of all, whatever you are doing this year, remember to have a wonderful Christmas!
How do you cope during the festive season? Do you have any tips or thoughts to share with others? We would love to hear from you. Please comment below.
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