Thanksgiving is here! And with it, brings food and family, friends and more holidays on the way. Ready or not, the season of celebrating has started. Here are some EH Quick Tips for having a healthy (and happy) holiday.
Stay true with food. Your family's surrounding you and the pressure is on to please. Don't compromise your health by eating or drinking something that could be harmful, just to shut Aunt Ida up. You're vegetarian? Gluten-free? Terrified of yams? Politely excuse yourself from the risky dish and you'll be better for it later.
Be honest about your health. Now, I'm not saying to come to dinner with your conditions printed on a t-shirt, but when someone asks how you're feeling, it doesn't hurt to be honest. Opening up to others about your illness can actually help to relieve some of the stress it causes you. Nobody wants to be the Debbie Downer of the party, but you should never deny your very real pain.
Embrace the celebration. Try your best not to close yourself off to others. It's easy to fall into a rut and avoid conversation, just because you feel unwell and different from everyone else. Open yourself up to a good time, and you'll be surprised just how much you can enjoy something that you may have otherwise dreaded.
Be thankful. And not just on TG, but every day. It's so easy to feel badly for yourself, and about your condition when think about the cards you've been dealt. As we move into the holiday season, remind yourself of the good in your life – the people that support you, the pets that adore you, and even your favorite book. This Thanksgiving, get into the habit of feeling thankful each time you start feeling down.
This year I'm super thankful for everyone who's become a part of Everything Hurts! Thank you all for reading, commenting, and reaching out to me with your personal stories. Have a great holiday, fellow spoonies!