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Ask the Expert: Tips for Navigating the Holidays



Many thanks to Guest Blogger Judy Calvin, MS for providing some practical tips for navigating the holidays. These tips are great for everyone, but especially people dealing with cancer, whether patients or caregivers.


The holiday season is upon us once again only this time you are dealing with cancer at the same time. Look at the list below and see if you can incorporate some of the simple ideas into your life and create a more enjoyable and less stressful holiday season.


  •     Have family bring food to you or have meals catered.
  •     If you can’t maintain traditions, start new ones.
  •     Is there anything that makes you sad about the holidays? If there is, face it and be open to looking at it differently.
  •     Say “no” to requests that are draining such as hosting holiday meals.
  •     Avoid stressful, negative or controlling people or situations.
  •     Factor in time to rest.
  •     Don’t expect others to understand how you feel or what you need. Instead, ask for what you need.
  •     Don’t expect more of yourself than you are able or willing to give.
  •     If you don’t want to send cards or buy gifts, don’t.
  •     Stay present in your life and be mindful of your moments.
  •     Be grateful for something every day.


Judy Calvin, MS, is a teacher, grief and chemical dependency counselor, and metaphysical minister. Judy served as a hospice chaplain for 7 years providing spiritual counseling and grief services to patients and families. Currently, she is heading a private spiritual counseling and healing practice and has extensive training in Reiki.

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