Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays everyone!
Yesterday we discussed “Living with Lyme (or any chronic illness) and getting through the holidays”
Here are the questions I asked during the chat and some other great info I thought I would share!
Q1: How is everyone doing? How was your weekend? #LymeChat
Q2: Do you have any plans for Thanksgiving and/or Chanukah? How do you celebrate? #LymeChat
Q3: What is something you enjoy about the holidays? #LymeChat
Q4: What is something that can cause you stress/anxiety over the holidays? #LymeChat
It can be helpful to identify what causes us stress. Now that we know what the problem is, we can start thinking of solutions! #LymeChat
We can’t always be prepared; sometimes we just need to breathe; take things hour by hour! #LymeChat
Q5: Personally, my fatigue & noise sensitivity are always an issue during the holidays. What symptoms affect you? #LymeChat
Don’t be afraid to excuse yourself from festivities! Whether it’s for a minute to get some fresh air, or an hour for a nap #LymeChat
Q6: Sticking to a specific diet is hard work! How are some ways you stick to your diet or stop yourself from indulging? #LymeChat
Q7: What is something you are thankful for? #LymeChat
Q8: Lastly, what is something positive that has come out of having Lyme/a chronic illness? #LymeChat
Remember to write down everything you are thankful for & every positive aspect living with Lyme/illness has brought to your life #LymeChat
Read the entire Lyme Chat here (via Storify)
FYI- I think i’ve gotten a little bit better at how I organize the chats on Storify- they will now read in order, rather than the first tweet being on the last page; also they are not just organized by the time of the tweets but for those who may have answered later on to some questions, you will see their responses under the question they were referring to. Also, I usually find it best to read the chats on Storify using a computer; unfortunately the mobile version has a few bugs that need to be worked out yet!
I also just wanted to mention a few other things…
- This holiday season, my mom and I are starting a new tradition- taking part in random acts of kindness! Not only will I be doing this during the holiday season, but it should be done all year ’round!
- One way I will be doing this is: Filling ziplock bags with essentials: socks, bottled water, an energy bar, lip balm, sunscreen, & a tangerine and will give them out (in person) to homeless people
- This is one of many things you can do to pay it forward! All year my family & I always donate clothes that no longer fit or wear and donate them!
- Check out more Kindness Ideas
- On twitter, there has been a secret “Spoonie Santa” that has been started and encourage everyone to participate! Read more about how you can get involved here
- Not doing anything special on Thanksgiving? No problem! Relax and check out the Modern Family Thanksgiving Day Marathon, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and more! There is lots of great TV shows/movies on this time of year!
- Any and all feedback about the Lyme Chat is always welcome! If you have any questions you would like asked during a chat or have an idea for a topic, please do not hesitate to let me know!
Here are some articles I’ve found that you may find helpful!
- Chronic Illness and the Holidays: Experts describe strategies to let people with chronic illness enjoy the holidays
- Living with chronic illness during the holiday season
- Chronic illness and the holidays: fielding the inevitable questions
- 9 ‘Recipes’ for Happy, Harmonious Holiday Family Gatherings
- Avoiding Holiday Stress — Can It Be Done?
- Thriving Rather Than Stressing Through Your Holidays
- How to avoid a Thanksgiving stuffed with food allergies