Love it or despise it, the C word is officially here. Christmas is anything but normal in 2021, and it’ll be another tough year for many. How’s your festive season looking?
Unfestive Festivities – A Chronic Covid Christmas
I can’t say I feel the festive spirit in the slightest, unless you count the even higher levels of stress being a key indicator of the season. Last year likewise didn’t feel warm and fuzzy because of Covid and the quick reduction in the amount of Christmas tunes heard being played on repeat like a form of audio torture.
It is unfortunately another Covid Christmas for 2022, blighted by a dangerous virus, government hypocrisy, Brexit woes and global tensions. For those with chronic illness, pain or other disability, Christmas can be difficult enough without the current atmosphere, potentially making this festive period particularly challenging this time around. Most people will have something they’re dealing with, and many will likely be suffering in some way. Choose to be kind. Reach out to those you know and keep in touch. Do some good deeds and pass on the kindness, as cheesy as that sounds.
Take time out for yourself, too. If you need a break, take it. Rest. It’s not easy to find the time for looking after ourselves or doing something even moderately “fun” to try to cheer ourselves up, and I’ll admit I’m a hypocrite here because I’ve struggled with this. When you’re too busy and too sick, it becomes an overwhelming cycle you can’t break out of. Do what you can to break that cycle. You deserve to. Don’t do what I do, which is get so wound up with everything and all the things I’ve still got to do as I lose so much time to being poorly, with being too busy to stop and enjoy an inch of it before it’s all over.
Sometimes, we just need to stop. Step away. Throw a few things in the fuck-it-bucket and breathe.
If you’re dealing with chronic illness and Christmas doesn’t look anything like it used to or you’d ever hope it would, it doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t seek some enjoyment from the holidays.
It’ll take some work, adjusting our perspectives and expectations, focusing on the small joys, organising our priorities in line with what we’re capable of, and focusing on what matters to us. All we can do is make the most of what we can.
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Chuckles At Christmas
It’s hard to find things to laugh about these days, harder still if you’re struggling or deal with depression. If you can, challenge yourself to find the lightness in things when possible. Laugh at yourself, ease off the seriousness and push yourself to see the cliched ‘bigger picture’. With the miserable and angering news, there needs to be a point where we rant, then laugh it off and save our sanity.
Find things in your days to make you smile and give you a sense of joy and comfort. Appreciate the simple pleasures in the day to day. Hunt out the funnies to raise a laugh, whether you like funny stand-up comedy, one-liners, YouTube videos, TV shows like Gogglebox, films, Naughty Elves in compromising positions, or anything else that makes you chuckle.
It may only be a brief respite, but a few more smiles and a little laughter here and there can make a difference. It might ease up a little of the tension and stress you’re carrying at least, and that’ll be worth its weight in gold.
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A Christmas Cheers To You – Thank You!
I wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that reads, likes, shares, comments & lurks here at InvisiblyMe. Thanks to those online friends and fellow bloggers that make the difficult days brighter and make the online realm a much more welcoming, beautiful place. I appreciate all of you, more than you know.
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!
When all is said and done, when the stress is put to one side and the fears and worries get shelved just briefly, we’ll be left with what matters. What matters to you? Focus on that, and let the things you’re happy about or grateful for keep your heart warm. A few cute pictures of puppies might also help.
Christmas can be difficult at the best of times, without additional stresses, worries, loneliness, bereavement, chronic illness, pain, mental health issues, and so on. Reach out if you’re struggling, whether it’s to a friend, family member, online support group, mental health specialist or charity like the Samaritans.
Try to ease off the productivity and stress and frustrations so you can make the most of Christmas in whatever ways you can. Please take care of yourselves.
To all those who celebrate this time of year, I hope you have the best Christmas possible, whatever that looks like.
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