Are you pushing yourself to feel jolly to make it a great holiday for family and friends?
If you answered yes to either of those questions take a moment and see how your body really feels about creating the perfect holiday.
Grab pen and paper and spend some time with these questions:
Are your IBS symptoms more severe this time of the year?
Write down what you are thinking and doing when you notice your symptoms increase. Notice if there’s a pattern. Understanding your body’s response can help you change some patterns that may not be serving you.
Do you find yourself pushing away negative emotions during the holidays?
Take a pause three times a day and notice what you are feeling. Acknowledge whatever it is you are feeling at the moment and let yourself feel it. Stuffing down your emotions can create tension in your body which is never helpful with IBS.
Then let go of all expectations of creating a perfect holiday and being a happy little elf this year.
In my popular holiday post: Fixing the Fa La La I share how I learned to be happy with just being me during the holidays.