Having a chronic illness isn’t exactly the most fun thing any time of the year, but it can be particularly challenging during the holidays on both emotional and physical levels. Read on for some tips on how you can enjoy the holidays just as much as anyone else — chronic illness or not.
Expect Health Challenges
Knowing going in that you’re going to have to face a challenge can help you make a decision that supports your health — whether that means avoiding a holiday get-together where you’ll be too tempted to eat foods that cause flare-ups or simply taking steps in advance to ensure a successful trip to a gathering a ways away.
You can’t ignore the fact that you have a chronic illness during the holidays, but you can work with the knowledge you have about managing it to ensure you’ve got the best chance of enjoying time with your family and friends rather than nursing a flare-up. For this reason, it’s important to plan for situations in advance and have all of your health-related bases covered.
Watch Out for Stress
The holidays are often accompanied by new stressors, which may worsen your symptoms or cause a flare-up. Be sure to develop strategies to cope with these new stress sources before they present themselves. This way, you can be prepared for when they do pop up and cause anxiety or frustration. It can also be useful to set realistic health expectations for the holidays, and understand that chronic condition flare-ups can sometimes be unavoidable health challenges that you must face.
Make a Holiday Bucket List
Just because you have a chronic illness doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate and enjoy the holidays as much as anyone else. Take the time to make yourself a holiday bucket list of activities that are “friendly” for your particular lifestyle. Schedule time with friends and family to mark some items off the list, and make it a yearly tradition.
Treatments at IVX Health
There’s nothing relaxing about dealing with a chronic illness during the holidays, but receiving biologic infusion and injection treatments can be a different story altogether at IVX Health. We offer appointments that fit your schedule (days, evenings and weekends) in a comfortable and private setting. To experience how we are redefining the care experience, contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our many convenient locations.