Holiday coping tips from Canadians affected by cancer
“No one knows your energy level or state of well-being like you – so listen to your body and act accordingly. Others will appreciate you being honest.”
“Look after yourself...your health is important.”
“The temptation to pull the covers over my head and say, “no”, is strong some days and at those times, I give myself permission to be the Grinch.”
“Be flexible. Even if plans have been made, you may have to reschedule or change them depending on how you or your loved one is feeling that day.”
“Do what you are able to – don't overdo it and delegate when necessary. Put up lights, decorate, bake – do what makes your heart feel full and what you enjoy.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Support from family and friends can give comfort, and they may have good ideas for how to manage stress and practical concerns.”
“Try not to feel guilty about what you can't or don't feel motivated to do. We can be our own worst enemy. If you wouldn't expect something from others, then don't expect it of yourself.”
“Stay connected. Don't sink into isolation.”
“Have connections when you feel like it and enjoy alone time too. Just be in the moment and find enjoyment in the small things.”
“Give yourself permission to also feel not ok – we don’t all have to have the “magical holiday” feeling – for some, it’s just getting through day by day.”
“Give yourself permission for things to not be normal this year.”
“Remember there’s no time limit when it comes to grief. Give yourself all the time you need.”
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