Holiday Stress


Holiday Stress

Coping With Holiday Stress and Ovarian Cancer

If you are looking to the holidays with an illness such as ovarian cancer, you may feel there is more holiday stress than feelings of celebration. You and your family may have been dealing with your disease for a while and may not have the energy to put up decorations or meet up with the rest of the family for a Christmas feast. The struggle with deciding what to do and how much time to devote to the holiday are questions that can come to mind.  If you have children, you will want to still celebrate so that they can enjoy the delights of the Christmas season.  With planning and delegating tasks, you can still participate with family and friends while taking care of yourself in the process and minimizing holiday stress.

Tips for minimizing holiday stress

Don’t do it all alone – Get all your friends, family, and co-workers together and make plans for the holidays ahead of time.  Though you may not feel like celebrating, you can still get some help from others to have a celebration whether it is at home or at work.  It doesn’t have to be a big event either; just brainstorm together to make it enjoyable yet simplistic.

Let someone else do it – You can also forego any planning at all if friends or family are already putting their own celebrations together.  Make a dessert or snack to bring so you feel like you contributed.  You should pace yourself with your activities so that you don’t burn out too early.  If you have a number of holiday invitations, don’t feel guilty about turning a few down.  However, try to enjoy a few outings.  It will be good for your spirit.  Some community organizations have free events that you can take your children to.

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Change up your normal tradition – You may assign some of the tasks you usually take on to your spouse and your children.  They can help with putting up the decorations and the tree.  If the kids are old enough, they can take on some of the cooking preparation.  Some families have a potluck occasion; you can then just worry about fixing the main course.  You may see if your siblings would be willing to host the family get together this year.

Utilize technology – You don’t have to fight the crazy shopping crowds if you have Internet at your disposal.  You can also use mail order catalogues or shop over the phone if you wish.  Many times, a card can be just as thoughtful as a gift.

Always have someone available to express your feelings to – Having a sounding board is essential when you are going through stressful times in your life.  You don’t need a professional to listen to you; just someone who can help you cope by offering moral support and who lets you cry on their shoulder if need be.

Resources

CancerCare (Coping with Cancer During the Holidays)

Yvonne BanksYvonne Banks

Yvonne is a licensed practical nurse who has a passion for helping people to improve their health conditions. Practicing since 2001, she has worked with both geriatric and pediatric patients during the course of her career.

Dec 10, 2014
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