Hi friends! Please welcome Shannon (she just uses a first name…such a rock star like Prince or Björk!) as our guest blogger this week. She’s a longtime friend of ChronicBabe who is a fantastic blogger in her own right; check her out at Nip Pain in the Bud & Let Your Soul Blossom.

Today, Shannon offers her top resources on surviving the holidays. I thought I’d let her take over AWAP Wednesday today, as we’re all in a holiday rush — so she’s helping me out, and helping us ALL out with tons of great ideas. Without further ado, read on…

Let’s start with something crucially important for us all:

Holiday Rx Safety: Protect Your Loved Ones by Safeguarding Your Medications by Shannon

(Shannon recommends reading this piece, too, for even more complete information.)

Also: The ChronicBabe Freebies section has PDFs full of resources on handling holiday stress, saying thank you gracefully, handling naysayers, answering the question “how are you” with honesty and thoughtfulness, and much more. Explore — they’re all free!

champagneMaintaining Balance During the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays when You’re Chronically Ill by Toni Bernhard, J.D.

Christmas is Coming… Be Flexible & Adaptable by Jan Sadler

Making Happy Changes in Your Holidays by Marie Hartwell-Walker, ED.D.

The Ultimate Guide for Surviving the Holidays with Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME and Chronic Health Issues by Jacynthe Sonne

Simplifying the Holidays by Marie Hartwell-Walker, ED.D.

Surviving the Holidays When You’re in Pain by Ken Taylor

3 Holiday Warning Bells of Stress by Sue Ingebretson

Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Experts describe strategies to let people with chronic illness enjoy the holidays by Louise Chang, M.D.


Coping with Isolation, Loneliness and Depression During the Holidays 

Holiday Depression by Tracy Rydzy, M.S.W., L.S.W.

How to Ease the Pain of Isolation During the Holidays by Toni Bernhard, J.D.

Depression, Winter, and the Holiday Season by Diana Lee

Beating the Holiday Blues by Maud Purcell, L.C.S.W., C.E.A.P.

Coping With Loneliness During the Holidays by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Emotional Survival Guide for the Holidays: Experts explain some simple methods for driving away the holiday blues by Denise Mann

Planning Tips to Prevent Holiday Chaos

Take Your Time at Christmas by Jan Sadler

Surviving the Holidays: Give yourself the G.I.F.T. of a stress-free holiday by Karen Lee Richards

10 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress by Karen Lee Richards

Strategies for Special Events by Bruce Campbell

Tame Your Holiday Fibro Frenzy by Sue Ingebretson

6 Tips for Making Holiday Plans Go Smoothly by Kerrie Smyres


Dealing with the Expectations or Judgments of Others

Reduce Holiday Stress by Educating Others About Your Health by Toni Bernhard, J.D.

6 Ways to Handle Holiday Controllers, Critics and Coaches by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.

Rudolph meets Dr. Seuss: ‘Be Who You Are’ by Shannon

Helpful Gift Tips

The (Re)Cycle of Giving by Shannon

Holiday Travel Tips

Travel and the Holidays by Deborah Barrett, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Travel: a holiday survival guide by Migraine.com


Put Yourself First in the Holiday Season

Oh Baby, ‘Tis the Season for THIS Therapy! by Sue Ingebretson

Top Ten Relaxation Tips to Sooth your Mind and Body During the Holiday Season by Christy Matta, M.A.

Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues

How to Mitigate Post-Holiday Crash by Erica Verrillo

10 Ways to Fight the Post-Holiday Blues by Carrie Burns

Keep Your Holidays Meaningful

Eight Ideas for De-Stressing the Holidays by Laura L. Smith, Ph.D.

My ‘Self-Challenge’ to Focus on Gratitude This Holiday Season by Shannon