Dealing with Cancer During the Holidays
By: Brandy (Korman) Haslam
Crowded shopping malls, Christmas carols and the smell of fresh baked cookies surround us as the holiday season comes into full swing.
For many, the holidays are a time to celebrate and spend time with family, but for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis, the season can be a time of overwhelming stress. Your usual traditions may be interrupted by treatment needs or unpleasant side effects.
Here are a few pointers to get you through the holiday season in one piece:
- Give yourself permission to feel and express your feelings. Let yourself laugh or cry.
- Take care of yourself! This means eating balanced meals and making time for exercise.
- Allow yourself some simple pleasures. Hot baths, naps or favorite foods.
- Find distractions like going to the movies, catching a show of the Nutcracker or even going to a comedy show.
- Prepare ahead for the holidays. Decide if you want to keep certain traditions or if you want to make new ones.
- Enlist support for organizing holiday gatherings, meal preparations and cleanup.
- Don’t pressure yourself with unrealistic expectations.
- Don’t plan too much per day
- Don’t abandon healthy habits. Drink and eat in moderation.
Sometimes it helps to talk with other survivors for support and advice. To talk with a PRMA advocate, call 800.692.5565 or email [email protected].