Chronic Illness Summary
If you suffer from a chronic illness, the holiday season can make symptoms worse. It’s important to be prepared for these challenges so that you can manage your condition and still enjoy the holidays.
Number one, make a plan. Think about what your triggers are and how you can avoid them. If large crowds spike your blood pressure, for example, plan to attend events early or at off peak times.
Number two, keep up with your treatments. It’s easy to let your treatments fall by the wayside during the holidays, but it’s important to keep up with them as best you can. If you’re going to be away from home, pack all of your medications and supplies ahead of time so that you don’t have to worry about them while you’re traveling.
Number three, set limits for yourself. It’s important to set limits for yourself and stick to them. You shouldn’t feel guilty in making your health a priority.
Number four, find support from others in similar situations. There are probably other people in your life who are dealing with chronic illnesses themselves. Lean on these people for support during the holidays. Seek professional help if needed.
I’m Dr. David Long, and that was the long story short!