Coping With Chronic Illness During The Holidays, Part 1

Coping With Chronic Illness During The Holidays, Part 1

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time spent with loved ones, but a chronic illness can make this time of the year anything but merry and bright. Fortunately, there are ways to help you through this time of year.

In part one of this two-part series, we will take a look at some ways to emotionally cope with the holidays. By following these tips, you can truly enjoy this season.

Part 1: Emotional Coping
The emotional side of having a chronic illness is far from simple. From managing health care expenses to resenting your family member’s bad health, there are plenty of reasons why you might feel down during the holidays. This emphasizes the importance of taking care of your emotional health. Consider these tips to get you started.

Choose a point of contact at every gathering
Ask a close friend or family member to be your support when things get hard at a party. This person might be your partner, best friend, sibling, or parent. If you start feeling low or unsettled, send them a text or pull them aside to chat for a moment. Their support will be helpful.

Take time for yourself
Remember that you don't have to always agree to outings and parties. Your emotional wellness is important is just as important as cancer care insurance, so take time for yourself to recharge. Self-care is central to a healthy lifestyle, especially when living with a chronic illness. If you need a night at home, give this to yourself.

Start a gratitude list
If you are not already keeping a journal, consider starting one during the holidays. While you are writing about your thoughts and feelings, also take the time to jot down a daily gratitude list. This may offer a boost to your spirits.

Remember that your emotions are valid
Even though everyone is telling you that you should be happy during the holidays, this isn't always the case. In fact, many people struggle during the holiday season. You have the right to feel your emotions.

Make an appointment with a counselor
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety, or any other thoughts that you want help working through, a professional can be a great resource. Your therapy sessions can be healing during this time.

Just as you need to address cancer care insurance and other logistics, your emotional health is also part of your care. Speak to your doctor about other ways to emotionally cope. They may recommend group counseling and other methods to handle this time of year. By making this effort, the holidays may be healing rather than harmful.

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