It’s the most wonderful time of the year! …right? Supposedly, yes, but for some people, it can be hard to participate in the Christmas holiday tradition. Chronic pain does not take a vacation in honor of Christmas. For those who experience that kind of pain, and for the caregivers as well, it may be difficult to participate in shopping, decorating, or partying. They may feel isolated and abandoned. So, to help you have a beautiful, less-stress season while not giving up the fun, here are 5 tips on how to manage chronic pain during the holiday season.
1) Keep things simple and delegate tasks. You don’t have to spend all of your time putting together an elaborate gathering. If you’re having a small gathering, ask your family and friends to help. Involve everyone and delegate the tasks.
2) Know your limits. Holiday invitations are often open-ended, allowing celebrations to last well into the night—but they don’t have to. And if you are dealing with chronic pain, they shouldn’t.
3) Seek support. Let your loved ones know if you need anything, or join a support group to help you cope. It’s so important for you to not deal with your struggles alone. With the right community, you will be able to overcome it and not lose hope.