OK – we all know that whilst everyone is meant to relish every single moment of Christmas, we know that actually this is far from the reality. We have adapted these tips from the American Brain Tumor Association to help you navigate your way through what can be a tricky time if your facing a brain tumour diagnosis as a patient or carer:
1. Be gentle with yourself.
Sometimes the anticipation can be more stressful than the actual event. Before you know it, Christmas will be over, so try to enjoy the little moments.
2. See to your emotional, physical and spiritual needs.
Even if it means having to say no to invitations. Accept only those invitations that will brighten your spirits. Think about where you might connect with others who have the same shared narrative as you. Here is a great start!
3. Take care of yourself.
Get enough rest and eat right. Be sure to continue your exercise routine. Listen to your favourite music, have a cup of tea with a friend, take a walk and look at the holiday lights, keep a journal. Choose activities that help you feel refreshed.
4. Eliminate some items from your to-do list to lighten your holiday load.
Accept help from others. Try to articulate what you need from those around you so they know how to help you. Ask for their patience and understanding as well.
5. Add a new tradition.
As families change and grow, traditions may need to adapt to these changes as well. Hold on to family rituals that are the most meaningful, but consider new ways to make them more flexible and unique to your family.
6. Don’t push yourself to be cheerful when you may not feel that way.
People sometimes have sad or subdued feelings during the holidays; this is normal. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call our helpline 01983292405 if you need a chat.