6 Ways to Embrace The Holidays When You Have Cancer

by GregP_WN

It’s that time of year again…the holidays. That bustling time of year when everyone is expected to be happy while under the stress of finding the perfect presents, making sure everything is decorated to perfection, and ensuring family traditions are upheld. It’s a wonderful time of year….but you can’t deny that it’s definitely busy and often stressful. 

Embrace The Holidays

Then, of course, you throw our companion cancer in the middle of it, and it can just seem plain overwhelming. And it’s ok to admit that sometimes it is.

So, if cancer is joining you or your family this holiday season, here are some tried and true ways to make it a little easier on you.

Cancer During The Holidays

1. Remember that your feelings are normal
Just because people wish you a “Holly, Jolly Christmas,” doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to be happy. Enjoy the holidays, cherish time with your family, but also understand that you may have moments of sadness or your heart may not be as into the celebrations as usual. Holiday Blues

And you know what? That’s ok. Have a friend, family member, counselor on standby who can give you a listening ear for those feelings and thoughts that may be weighing you down. No one wants to force you to be happy.

2. Take care of yourself
Enjoy your favorite holiday treats (in moderation, of course!) and take the time to treat yourself* (we suggest some of these excellent mocktails**)! but don’t lose sight of your normal routine: eating well-balanced meals and doing moderate exercise. Your body will thank you for it. And since it can be a stressful time, listen to your body, get plenty of sleep, and rest when you need to.

3. You don’t have to do it all
The word “no” is your friend! You don’t have to do everything; you can say no! You can say no to hosting the family party, you can say no to making all the traditional desserts, and you can say no to participating in traditions if you don’t feel up to it. You may hesitate because you feel like you’re disappointing the people you love. But you’ll be surprised and how understanding they are. You Don't Have To Do It All

4. Create new traditions
All traditions had to start as new ideas, right? So use this time to start a few traditions of your own! Instead of spending money on gifts, write everyone a letter of how much they mean to you. If you don’t want gifts, ask that people donate money to a charity you’re passionate about.

5. Stick to a budget
It’s easy for things around the holidays to add up fast. And no one likes to have their fun cut short by overdraft fees and credit card debt. So take a few minutes and think about what you would like to comfortably spend on things like gifts, food, and travel for the holidays. This might be a good time to start one of those new traditions we mentioned…

6. Enlist friends and family for support
Whether it’s a listening ear, giving you a lift, or taking on some of the hosting responsibilities, friends and family are ready and willing to help you out. They’re just waiting for you to let them know what they can do. People don’t want to assume too much or too little. So, by giving them a few specific ways they can help, you’ll give them the happiness of being useful—and take a load off your shoulders!                                                                                                                 Friends At Holidays

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