As you gather with family, friends, and loved ones this Thanksgiving, we know holiday gatherings can be challenging and stressful. We’re sharing these holiday tips to help you navigate and more thoroughly enjoy the season.
- Acknowledge Your Feelings: Just because it is the holiday season does not mean you must be happy and cheerful 24/7. Realize it is okay to take the time to express your feelings during the holiday season. If you or a loved one live with epilepsy, remember that your feelings are valid, no matter what time of the year.
- Practice Self-Care: Take time to relax during the holiday season, whether by reading a good book by the fireplace, walking with friends or family, or practicing mindfulness. Practicing self-care is an essential and easy way to destress during the holiday season
- Ask for Help: If you feel overwhelmed with the tasks that always seem to pile up during the holiday season, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sharing tasks between family and friends can be a bonding experience and make planning holiday parties run smoother while helping you destress.
- Be Realistic: Don’t fixate on what you see on Pinterest or social media. Maybe your stockings are hung crooked, your cookies are slightly burnt on the bottom, or your gift wrapping is a bit clumsy. Letting go of perfection during the holiday season will work wonders on your stress levels. Not everything this holiday season has to be perfect; it is more about spending time with family and friends.
- Stick to A Budget: Much of the stress during the holiday season derives from money or financial issues. This is why setting a budget and tracking your spending is essential. Stop once you reach your budget and you will be well on your way to a less stressful holiday season! (Remember the holidays are more than just gift giving, it’s about community, connections, and time spent with those you love)!
- Continue Your Healthy Habits: The holiday season is a time of parties and food, and it can be easy to get carried away and overindulge. However, it is vital to continue your healthy habits. Don’t feel guilty if you break the rules now and then…it happens! Still try to stick to a schedule and aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day, eat a variety of healthy foods, and aim to get 8 hours of sleep a night.
Being thankful and practicing joy can sometimes be easier said than done. Still, with some planning and our practical tips, you minimize the stress that comes with the holiday season and cope with your epilepsy. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!