Here we are. Monday again. Not just any Monday, the Monday after Christmas. Our family had our last Christmas gathering over the weekend. My sister and her husband will head back south tomorrow morning.
I look through the house I’ve been wanting – no, needing – to get organized and I find it a disheveled mess. The holidays are so hectic we normally aren’t able to keep up. Then throw fibro/chronic fatigue in there and you find yourself doing just enough to survive.
My fake pre-lit tree did get put up but remained undecorated. Yes, we had a bare tree this year – call the North Pole on me. That has to be a huge tradition violation.
But with a 17 month old in the house it wouldn’t have been decorated for long anyway – at least the lower half.
We concentrated on the birth of the Savior and time together as a family – watched some movies and ate too much.
Next year will be better! I’m adapting fly lady’s holiday control journal to work for those of us with FM/CFS. But for now I’m left with this year’s mess.
I think the most important thing to remember is to get back to healthy eating and staying hydrated. Try to keep up with the daily chores and when energy and pain levels allow spend a few minutes on the mess. If you let the daily chores go so you can do the Christmas undecorating your daily routine will suffer and you’ll get all out of sorts. It will add to the stress and thereby increase your pain.
So turn the Christmas music on if you need it and watch a few more classic movies. Whatever you need to extend the holidays until you can get the undecorating finished!
Stay Well! ~ Live Joyfully