1. Keep To Your Routines
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Continue to take your medication on time
and get regular rest. Straying from the diet and daily routine that is working for you could bring on a flare-up of your IBD
2. Beating The Blues
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If you feel the holiday blues
coming on, don't be afraid to talk to your healthcare provider. The sooner you get help, the better you will feel throughout the season. Keep your spirits up with some holiday jokes
, and poetry
3. Don't Party Too Hard
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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
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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.
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Holiday gatherings tend to be centered around food and drink. Be sensible about holiday drinking
. Some people with IBD find that alcohol
can contribute to symptoms such as diarrhea or gas.
6. Take A Break
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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
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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
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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
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Save time and money and send some Christmas
, or New Year
e-cards instead of the paper variety. Most people don't mind getting holiday cards by email, especially if you can include pictures or details about your year.
10. Remember That Life Isn't Perfect
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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.