The holidays are a stressful time for anyone but I think for those of us with Fibro or other chronic issues that leave us tired and stressed, the holidays just make matters worse.
In our case, the last few years we’ve pulled double duty on Thanksgiving day, driving an hour to have lunch with my hubby’s family only to leave there and go home for a few minutes before heading in another direction to have dinner with my parents.
As usual, I forgot that anything would be different this year, why would it? That is until my mom pointed out that I really couldn’t and shouldn’t try to go to both places.
That’s all fine and dandy but I want to enjoy Thanksgiving with my parents. Add to that that we will end up spending Christmas with his family and we decided it just made more sense to try to pick one this year and make it my family.
The truth is that spending the entire day with my family is less stressful than spending just a couple of hours with his family. With my parents, it’s just us and them, not a big gathering, where you are expected to carry on conversations with people you rarely ever see, meet new people, etc. Hopefully this means our Thanksgiving (at least) will be less stressful and more enjoyable.
I think if no one else had pointed it out to me I would have tried to do both, again, and likely not been able to do either due to the anxiety and stress that would build up before Thursday even got here. At the very least, I doubt we would have made it to my parents house after spending the afternoon with his family.
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