We know that stress can worsen inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and while the holiday season is enjoyable, it brings a certain amount of stress. Fortunately there's a lot you can do to head off problems this time of year before they even start.
1. Keep To Your Routines
2. Beating The Blues
3. Don't Party Too Hard
Decide which social functions you can realistically attend without causing yourself too much stress. Running yourself ragged to make every holiday party you're invited to can leave you too tired to enjoy any of them. Be up front with family and friends about holiday doings. Let them know that you may pass on some traditional holiday foods in order to avoid being ill. If you're throwing a party, keep it simple to save yourself energy and frustration.
4. Be Smart About Shopping
Holiday shopping while wondering where the restrooms are isn't anyone's idea of fun. Why not do your shopping on the Internet or by catalog? Remember to start early to give plenty of time for shipping. Avoid stress after the holidays by budgeting for holiday shopping. Stick to your budget to avoid impulse buys, over spending, and over shopping.
6. Take A Break
Take a time out for yourself if you need it. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be detrimental to your health. Some quiet time to de-stress is important. It doesn't have to be anything formal -- it could be any activity that relaxes you.
7. Prepare Well For Holiday Travel
If you're traveling across the country or just across town, be sure to prepare yourself and your companions in the way that's best for you. Leave plenty of time to get to your destination -- plan in some bathroom breaks!
8. Share The Love
Remind your family and friends how much you love them by telling them. Take the time out of your busy schedule to reconnect with the people you care for. After all, this is what the holidays are all about!
9. Holiday Greetings
10. Remember That Life Isn't Perfect
Too many of us strive to have the "perfect" holiday parties and gifts. Take it easy on yourself -- you can still have a great time even if the food and decorations don't turn out picture perfect.