In last week's post, I wrote about the potential magic of the holidays. Now, holiday magic is all well and good, but what if the holidays don't float your boat? Or what if you're not feeling well, and you just don't have the energy that the holidays appear to demand?
Your health comes first, no matter what, so this is where choices come into play. Let's say you're not feeling so well this winter, and you really need to rest more than anything. You don't want to party, and you certainly don't want to be tempted by all of the holiday treats and sugar-laden goodies that are sure to fill every table you encounter. As a diabetic, you have pretty good self-control, but under stress, you sometimes give in to temptation when it's absolutely the wrong time to do so.
You have the right to decide to stay home. You have the right to forego holiday festivities, skip the parties, and refuse to go holiday shopping. It may seem like there are unwritten holiday rules, but in fact, you can make any rules you want.
Are the stores too crowded, and your bank account balance too low? Make homemade holiday cards, including personalized "gift certificates" for your loved ones. Instead of sending gifts, offer the gift of your time and attention. This is certainly more fun---and healthier---than shopping like a madperson!
Listening To Your Body
If your body is telling you that the holidays are going to run you ragged and make you sick, maybe it's time to take care of yourself instead of trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations.
With flu season ramping up, and many people coughing, sneezing, and running fevers (or taking care of loved ones who are coughing, sneezing, and febrile), staying home can be a great choice for you.
Feeling vulnerable to stress and illness? Make a pot of tea and watch a good movie at home. Not up for the office party? Don't go!
Making healthy choices and listening to your body are keys to managing a chronic illness like diabetes. Non-diabetics may not understand, and whether you choose to explain your choices or not is up to you. You need to feel free to take care of yourself, especially at this crazy time of year.
Make good choices for yourself during this holiday season. It's important that you honor yourself, so do so with resolve, joy, and the feeling that caring for yourself well is the best gift of all.