It’s hard to believe another year has disappeared. I think I blinked and missed 2022 but alas, the festive season is upon us and Christmas is here again.
I want to wish you all well for the festive holidays, but I also wanted to say thank you so much for all the kind comments and messages on my last Mini Me Update post. It’s much appreciated.
What’s Your Christmas Looking Like This Year?
This year, it’ll just be me and my parents, and the cat if he deems it worth his precious time to socialise with us. Admittedly I’ve been struggling recently and things haven’t been great at home either, so I’m a bit ambivalent about Christmas. I can’t say that I feel very Christmassy, but maybe that’s because I did the gift shopping early this year and mostly missed out on the traditional last-minute anger-inducing shopping in manically packed-out stores.
I hope you’re feeling some festive vibes. If, however, your vibes are lacking like mine, perhaps you can find a way of generating them, like driving around to see the pretty lights in your neighbourhood, reminiscing over the good times by going through old photo albums, or doing some Christmas arts and crafts.
To some people, Christmas is a much-loved time of year full of joy, friends, family and fun. For others, it can be a lonely, stressful and difficult time. Please take a minute to reach out to those you know and check in on how they’re doing. It may just mean the world to them. If you’re struggling yourself, please consider speaking to someone close to you, calling a charity hotline if you need someone to talk to or seek a supportive Facebook group. You won’t be alone in however you feel this year.
For those living with chronic health conditions, the holidays can be a bit complex and riddled with potential problems. Chronic illness, disability and pain don’t take a break, but hopefully they don’t have to prevent us appreciating the small joys this season. Do Christmas your way, advocate for your needs, say ‘no’ when you need to, pace and ditch any guilt over the things you can’t do this year.
A few festive posts you may want to take a look at:
- Tips for Managing A Christmas With Chronic Illness
- 12 Ideas For Personalised Christmas / New Year Cards & Ecards
- 21 Tips For Managing A Chronic Christmas
Merry Christmas 2022 & Happy New Year!
This is also a time to reflect on the past year, on our current situations and where to go from here. The New Year can be refreshing and a chance for a fresh start when it’s needed. If the last year hasn’t been too spiffy, it’s okay to take some down time. Sometimes the best thing we can do is know when to do nothing. When to rest, recharge and build ourselves back up before we can push forwards.
To all those who celebrate it in some way, I hope you have a wonderful, cosy Christmas and I hope the New Year 2023 treats you all kindly.