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5 Tips For a Stress-free Christmas When You Have a Chronic Illness*


*AD this is a collaborative post
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas can also take a lot out of you, especially when you're having to cope with the unpredictability of a Chronic Illness.


Christmas can be a tough time of year for a lot of people, but particularly for those living with chronic pain. If you are concerned about coping during the festive period, read my 5 top tips for managing your Chronic Pain.

Plan in advance

If you leave everything to the last-minute, it is bound to have serious implications on your health and you will be unable to enjoy the big day with the family. Be like Santa and make a list, one for food, gifts and cards. Setting targets for each list will be you will not be rushing about trying to do everything in one go bringing on a flare up. It is also a way to pace yourself.

Schedule in rest days

Christmas can be a stressful time, with a lot of rushing around. Try to avoid this as much as possible and allow your body to rest. Knowing you have rest days to look forward to will mean that put too much stress on your body. 

Don't be afraid to say no
Christmas is a very sociable time however when the invitations start coming in, consider if you will have the energy to attend. It’s OK to simply say “no.” And stick to it

Order groceries and presents on-line
People who suffer from Chronic pain suffer from numbness, aching and tingling When exposed to the cold. To cut the chances of a flare up stay indoors and do as much as your shopping at home.

You can find amazing deals on-line by using voucher codes and promotional discounts, whilst be sat in the comfort of your executive chair and avoid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas mayhem shop.


Make sure you book your groceries slot as soon as possible, as they do get booked up very quickly. Especially the few days before Christmas.

Don't be afraid to ask for help
Chronic pain has a tendency to make you feel alone and misunderstood. Whilst some people will find it hard to understand the daily struggle. Christmas is all about family, so don’t be afraid of asking yours for help! If you are struggling to get everything done for Christmas, or you are suffering from a flare up, see if your loved ones can ease the load for you.

Georgina from She Might Be Loved has put together an amazing Christmas guide for disabled people. If you are stuck on what to buy a love one with a chronic illness or disability.

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