#12: Simplify Your Gift Giving to Preserve Your Energy After Breast Cancer.


You may have always been the most thoughtful gift giver and when you’re running low on energy, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t be...but sometimes we need to adjust our perspective to preserve our energy levels.

I clearly remember in 2018 after my own double mastectomy in August, followed by a complete hysterectomy at the end of October and after starting on Letrozole I was feeling exhausted, I was healing, I was in pain...dealing with terrible brain fog, having difficulty staying awake and terrible discomfort sleeping.

I gave myself permission to take it easy and rest.

And that meant, doing Christmas a little different. Still thoughtful...but easier on me.

I hope that these easy tips, help you to take it easier on yourself this holiday season...

  1. Set a budget and stick to it - breast cancer is expensive! And many of us have a huge financial burden from it, even with health insurance. There is no shame in setting a realistic budget for gift giving...just make sure you stick to it, so as not to add to the financial stress!
  2. Homemade Coupons - what could you do for someone as a nice gift to them? Think food shopping, laundry, a home cooked meal, walking the dog or spending time with someone...a pajama party, afternoon tea, even a sleepover!
  3. Theming your your gifts can save you a huge amount of time and energy.

Consider things like:

  • Scarves
  • Fun socks
  • Favorite color
  • Favorite animal
  • Safer beauty (one of my fave gifts, check out my fave beauty brand HERE)

Giving ourselves permission to do things differently, is a huge act of self-care. Not putting pressure on yourself.

It’s ok...it’s not you failing, it’s you adjusting!

Remember that just because something has always been a certain way, it doesn’t mean it can’t be different. You just need to make the choice that works best for you, at any given time.  

Preserve your energy this holiday season, so that you can spend the time and energy enjoying your friends and family xo.

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