The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but if you’re rushing around trying to keep up with everyone else while managing a chronic illness, you may be feeling the strain more than some. Read on for our tips on how to get your holiday shopping done with a chronic illness.
Do Your Holiday Shopping Online
If you haven’t jumped on the online shopping bandwagon yet, there’s no time like the present. Set aside an hour to sit down with your gift list and your computer, tablet or even your phone. A few taps, clicks and swipes, and you’re done! We understand that it can be fun to feel the energy of the hustle and bustle going on at the stores, but there’s a different kind of thrill that comes with checking everything off your list from the comfort of your own home.
Do Your Holiday Shopping at Odd Hours
If you do want or need to head to the stores, try to go at odd hours — either first thing in the morning or just before closing. This will let you do your shopping at your own pace in relative peace while still enjoying the holiday shopping experience at a physical store. And hopefully skipping out on the crowds of stressed out shoppers will help you avoid any stress-related flare-ups as well.
Enlist Help for Holiday Shopping and Gift Wrapping
If your chronic illness makes it difficult for you to wrap gifts, ask a friend or a teenage relative to come over and help (ply them with cookies, holiday movies, or another goody they’ll enjoy). Similarly, if you can’t get out to the stores yourself, you can always hand off a list to a willing friend or family member. It’s the holidays, and people want to help each other, so don’t be afraid to ask for and accept assistance.
Let Go of Perfection
We’ve all heard the old adage, it’s the thought that counts, and it’s still true. And with gift giving, we like to flip an another one on its head — it’s what’s on the inside that counts! So if you can’t manage beautiful wrapped gifts this year, throw items in a gift bag or even just leave them in the box they came in. And never underestimate the power of gift cards (physical or sent via email) in a pinch.
Remember the Real Meaning of the Holidays
What matters most during the holidays is spending time with the people you love, and if that means the only gift you can offer this year is your company, then that is enough. Invite people over for a potluck or to watch a favorite movie or just to chat, and make that the holiday celebration. And remember that telling your friends and family how much you love them can often be just the gift they really need.
Happy Holidays from IVX Health
Don’t forget to schedule your IV treatment during the holidays so you can feel your best for holiday shopping, parties and shenanigans. At IVX Health, we make it easy to fit your treatment into your busy schedule with appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations.
We also make your appointment something to look forward to! At IVX Health, you can enjoy both the warmth of a spa and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and do your holiday shopping!
If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.