Let’s pause right now and make a plan so you can enjoy the holidays as much as possible.
Time management is key to surviving the holidays with fibromyalgia.
Here are 7 fibromyalgia holiday survival tips. They’re the simplest, easiest tips for controlling stress and saving your energy to be with your family and friends:
- Remember, you don’t have to do everything. You don’t have to make meals or dishes from scratch or even cook every meal. If you are hosting the holiday meal, make it pot luck. Everyone loves to bring a favorite dish.
- No need to go all-out. Keep your meals simple. Keep menu plans simple.
- Decorating should be fun and bring you joy. Make it a family affair, or invite friends over to help decorate. Again you don’t have to have too many decorations, put out the ones that mean the most to you, or have special memories.
- Decide first what’s most important to you. Just do that. Is it attending a service? Is it spending time with family? Save your energy just for those situation that make you happy.
- Find family and friends you enjoy and savor the time with them. By now, you’ve learned that some people are more understanding of fibromyalgia than others. Some people don’t yet ‘get it.’ You may be worried about offending some people if you don’t eat what they’ve fixed or take part in their plans. Use what you’ve learned about saying no, and say no. Say yes to the things you enjoy and are important to you. Make good memories.
- Tell others what you want. Be as open as you can about what makes this time special for you – whether it’s having some holiday lights put up; having someone bring home a special treat, or having some time to yourself so you can relax, unwind, and have the rest you need.
- Remember to breathe. This helps decrease stress. Get as much sleep as you can. Find a way to make your favorite relaxation techniques part of your day, even if your ordinary routine has gone out the window.