1. Plan ahead
Though the holiday season won’t be quite the same this year, you may still be planning to host or visit another household, have presents to buy and meals to prepare.
When you’re living with a brain tumour or caring for someone who is, this time of year can be busy and stressful. Planning ahead can take some of the pressure off and help you enjoy your festive break.
2. Ask for help
If there was ever a year to share the load, this is certainly it, so don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need. Friends and family will be more than happy to lend a hand, so you can be as much a part of the celebrations as you feel able.
3. Get connected
It’s likely that many of us may be travelling less and seeing fewer loved ones this festive season. So why not make good use of technology this year and connect with friends and family over video?
You could hold a quiz with individuals or teams, adapt your favourite board game or card game, or buy a digital version of a game, such as Monopoly. There are also party game apps you can play with others on your mobile or laptop while chatting over video.
The possibilities are endless and are sure to lift your spirits!
4. Explore the outdoors
There are lots of benefits to taking part in physical activity when you’re living with a brain tumour. But you don’t have to do vigorous exercise to feel them. Walking is a great way to keep moving and can give you a physical and mental boost. So why not wrap up warm and explore your local area over the festive break?
5. Take time for yourself
Over Christmas and New Year, it’s easy to end up doing much more than you’d normally do, which can be tiring. Try to spread activities out so that you have some down time in between. Take a bit of time every day to relax and have some time to yourself, whether that’s focusing on a hobby or enjoying a Christmas boxset.
6. Deck the halls
Scientific studies have shown that the act of hanging Christmas decorations helps to release the happy hormone dopamine. So what better way to create a little happiness than by filling your home with these uplifting reminders of joy and celebration?
We hope you find these tips helpful for looking after your wellbeing this festive season. If you’re looking for more advice on coping with the change in seasons and colder weather, we have tips from our community gathered here.
If you need support this season, you can find out how to contact our Support team, as well as our Christmas and New Year opening hours, on this page.
Finally, from all of us at The Brain Tumour Charity, best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and New Year.