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:
(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!
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.
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
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.
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.