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Dec 23, 2016 01:25 AM EST

How to Survive the Holidays While Dealing With Chronic Illness

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The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. But for those who are suffering from chronic illness, the holidays may not seem as enjoyable as it is to everyone else. On the other hand, if you are chronically ill and isolate yourself, the more you'll feel down and depressed. Let your situation not hinder you from enjoying the holidays and being a part of the merry making and festivities.

Here are some suggestions on how to enjoy the holiday season even when you're dealing with chronic illness.

Ask for help

If you have a chronic disease, managing your everyday task can be a bit difficult as you may be needing a little help every now and then. If you need a helping hand especially in the middle of events, don't be shy or embarrassed to ask for help.

Have everything in moderation

This also applies not only to those who are chronically ill but to everyone who's attending the parties. There's a lot of sugar, carbs, and alcohol everywhere and it's important to stay mindful of what goes into your mouth. Just enjoy little portions of what's on the table and make sure you don't consume too much of them. Moderation is the key, not only to eating but also to stress. Don't drown yourself with too many schedules and make sure you still give ample time for yourself to rest.

Don't overdo cooking and holiday gift-giving

You don't have to put a lot of pressure on yourself when it comes to cooking delicious meals and giving gifts this Christmas. At the end of the day, it isn't about how extravagant the food and gifts are, it's about the sacrifice, effort and love you have put into them that will make them more appreciated.

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