Tip 1 – give yourself a break
Even fully healthy people feel frazzled this time of year. Make sure you don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Let someone else host Christmas lunch this year; accept offers of help from friends and family; shop online to save time and energy. It’s OK to put yourself first.
Tip 2 – plan Christmas around you
In the season of giving, it’s not natural to think of ourselves – yet you’re the most important person this year. If you’re dreading travelling to see family and friends this Christmas, why not meet them closer to home ? Equally, if you’d rather have a smaller, close family-only celebration, go for it. The people that matter will understand.
Tip 3 – put a support network in place
If you’ve got a big family, or you’ve chosen to visit a number of friends and relatives this holiday season, make sure you have a strong support network in place, in case you feel a bit overwhelmed. Assign one or two close loved ones to be your ‘go to’ people if you want to leave the party early, or take a bit of quiet time. They can tell the rest of your group, to save you from any awkwardness.
Tip 4 – find ways to make you feel good
Cancer is a big deal, and it can fundamentally affect the way you feel about yourself, and your life. As a result, usual traditions may not feel right.