It’s that time of year, it's Holiday Season! Monday is the last night of Hanukkah, this entire month is prime Christmas party time, then there’s Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and several other observances on the calendar, and lastly, there's New Years- there is a lot going on this month! Between family, friends, and work, your calendar can fill up quickly, and for people with chronic illness, that's not necessarily a good thing.
This Holiday Season I'd like to remind you to set boundaries. Don't feel like you have to go to every party- if you don't feel up to it you can stay home. Don't feel like you have to go to every friend or family event- especially if they aren't supportive, don't understand your illness, or challenge your mental health in any way. If you don't feel up to going to a work party- don't go. You have every right to turn down invitations, to change your mind about going to things you said you'd go to, and to do what it takes to protect your mental and physical well-being.
Practice releasing your guilt if it comes up. Consider this your official pass to do what is right for you. A lot of people have a hard time during the Holiday Season, and that's okay! Please be sure to make sure you're setting appropriate boundaries and taking care of yourself while you're celebrating (or not celebrating) this month. You're worth it!
Heather, Fabulous Fibro-Fighter and FSC Founder