Are We Having Fun Yet?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and boy do we feel it. Between social obligations, holiday traffic, and office sweets, December can also be described as the most stressful time of the year. Add on seasonal allergies, and you have yourself a perfect storm of feeling burned out. But not to worry. As long as you keep everything in check and protect yourself, you can make it through the topsy-turvy holiday season.
Do you find yourself sneezing more often? Maybe you’re experiencing itchy eyes that you usually associate with summer pollen? Let’s remember that the holiday brings dusty old ornaments and decorations that have not seen the light of day for a whole year. If you’re susceptible to dust, maybe skip the initial decorating until they have time to air out and are handled by others.
It’s Sunday brunch, and your Aunt Cindy is hosting. Aunt Cindy has 3 cats. You’re allergic to cats. Surely Aunt Cindy knows this, but politely remind her about your condition so she can scoot the felines to a back room and vacuum before your arrival. Or maybe YOU can host brunch this year? Even better – suggest meeting at a restaurant. No clean-up necessary.
If you have a food allergy, holiday parties can be stressful. You don’t always know what is in a dish. Have an open line of communication with your host about your food allergy. If it’s appropriate, bring a dish that you can eat and share with others. If you’re worried that isn’t enough, it’s always OK to eat before you arrive.
Allergies aside, colds are more common when the weather turns cold. We are confined to indoor spaces with others that are suffering. It’s very easy to contract a bug. Wash your hands as often as possible and carry antibacterial sanitizer. One cannot be too careful during sick season.
Holidays are fun but also trying. Don’t get too frustrated if an itch, sneeze, or cough comes your way. It’s a common occurrence, and we all suffer from holiday stress in some fashion. Take care of yourself, and remember that it’s also OK to stay home with a roaring fire and a good book. Let the others party while you practice self-care. Let it be a present for yourself.