Holidays and Fibromyalgia

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Well, it’s that time of the year again! The time of holiday cheer; when friends and families get together over the holidays.

I wish you a happy holiday season and encourage you to be patient with yourself so you can enjoy this time of festivities, tradition and family fun!

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Sometimes we can get so busy preparing for the festivities ahead that we don’t realize we are overextending ourselves. I don’t know if you would find this helpful, but I have found that when I am feeling caught up in the season and start making big plans for dinners, deserts, decorating etc. I must sit down and make lists. Yes, I know we all get tired of list-making, but it really does help to get things into perspective. I usually find that it helps greatly to divide my list into thirds.

I place those things that are of the highest priority in the first box of choices and so on down through the next two choice boxes. If I were to actually succeed in achieving all of these things, it would not only be great, but it would also be unusual for me…but one can always hope…right?

horn-plentyI also take the time to look at the notes that I made to myself from the year before. It helps to set aside a little section in your fibro-journal (or a journal just for holidays only) that reminds you what you feel was a waste of your energy, and what choices you made that really made the holidays easier and more meaningful for you. The reason being that if I happen to have memory problems caused by being extra busy, I could end up doing something I decided to not repeat or forgetting to do something that I thought would be a good thing to remember.

You can also refer back to the blog I posted in November of 2015 for holiday hints.

Have A Safe and Happy Holiday Season!!           leaf