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So far, we’ve asked for your favourite Christmas traditions and songs and what a response we’ve had! It’s been wonderful to hear all about what our members do over the holiday period and today, we’re wanting to hear more.
This week, we are giving away 9 echo dots. Echo dots are smart speakers which you can use to voice control your music and smart home, connect with others by making calls and it comes with in-built assistive technology where you can ask 'Alexa' to answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms and more.
Our prizes this week have been kindly donated by Loyalty Consulting UK Ltd.
Christmas can be a magical time of the year but it can also very difficult. Therefore, we want to focus on how you look after yourselves throughout the holiday period. We want to hear your favourite well-being tips and how you show kindness to yourself throughout Christmas; whether it’s a chocolate treat, a hot bath, spending time with family and friends or a long walk in the fresh air.
To enter the draw:
Simply tell us your Christmas well-being tip in the comment box below.
Ellen, Rachel and MattMacmillan's Community Team
The prize is one of 9 echo dots, kindly donated by Loyalty Consulting UK Ltd.
The prize draw is free to enter. This draw will close 23/12/19 at 12pm. We’ll then draw the winners and contact them the same day. The winners will need to claim their prizes by 11.59pm on the 24/12/19. Please see the full terms and conditions of the prize draw here. Winners will be chosen at random, and prizes can only be posted to UK addresses.
Wellbeing for me over Christmas is remembering that I don't have to overindulge. I don't usually have a desert after a large dinner so why would I do so because it is Christmas day, if I want an alcoholic drink I will have one but I often don't drink at home so why should I do so at breakfast on Xmas day. I spent too many Christmas holidays when I was younger dealing with indigestion, bloating and hangovers. A vigorous game of rugby is no longer an option for me for getting everything to work through my system quicker. I now have special treats in small quantities.
Christmas this year will be different for me, i lost my hubby on the 8th October 2019. So it is going to be the first time in 53 years i will be here on my own for a short while.
I have done the shopping we both liked goodies, i have the TV Mag, and a very good family, that i will see Christmas Afternoon.
I have the community site and i know some one will be there if i need them.
I finished two years of immunotherapy last Christmas Eve and so far so good, he was diagnosed three days before this, i am so lucky to know i had him every step of the way, he was my, rock.
Love is the greatest gift you can receive and give, it is priceless.
I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year.
"You Never Walk A Lone"
This is my 5th Christmas since my diagnosis and although still on treatment I feel so much better health wise this year than that first Christmas when I was very nauseous and not able to walk very far. I made a New Years resolution to get moving more and I’m still doing this, and Christmas is a magical time to go for a walk. Christmas lights and decorations, or noticing natures foliage and animals, and perhaps a bit of Pokémon playing along the way. Some years walking with family making memories, and other years face timing them to tell them where we’ve been and what we’ve seen, a surprising fox or muntjac deer, or a puddle that was deeper than we thought.
After almost losing my husband in September 2018 then myself being diagnosed January 2019. I have learnt to live my life how I want/can with my family telling them always how much I love them,I have stopped trying to please other people. Christmas I live it as if its my last so no regrets down the line. I have learnt that no amount of money can buy you happiness or health. Although I have put weight on from my treatment this year it is not going to stop me eating what I want over Christmas as January will be a new start and year for me and I will lose the weight sensibly from then.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy prosperous, positive New Year!
The most important is nothing has to be done at once, so be kind and gentle on yourselfs, the Christmas dinner will be ready when its ready so don't stress getting it done by a certain time. Christmas is just as much about being kind to ourselves as well as family and friends. Enjoy every minute as best as you can but don't over indulge and only suffer later that's no fun at all.
Happy Christmas to everyone!
Physical well being: eat what you want and no guilt about it. Plenty of the for the perfect diet in a couple of weeks. Mental well being: socialise with folks who lift your spirit. That could be family, friends or whomever. Emotional well being: what ever works for you, good music, meditations (I like the Headspace app), silence, walk in the country, etc. I am grateful I am here this Christmas, and after my most recent scan, I may be here for more. Wishing happiness and health to all.
The greatest Christmas gifts are not bought, they are free. A kind word, a smile or taking the time to talk to someone who might be a bit lonely - we just don’t know how far these little gifts might spread with a little ripple effect and then, suddenly, there can be a wave of caring, what a nice thought at Christmas. Best wishes to everyone for a peaceful Christmas.
Switching the TV and Mobiles off.
Everyone getting their big coats on and walking in the beautiful forests and hills that surround us.
Taking time to sit and play games with our four granddaughters, colouring in unicorns with them and watching them make up their own shows.
I have spent a few festive periods in hospital....... so we have a family determination to enjoy each day with as much strength we have , loving each other and loving those around us that are not so fortunate.
Taste buds shot due to treatment, but this is temporary, daughters 21st 3 days post treatment and Christmas is 5 days after treatment so this year I’ll be tea total as will be using pain meds on both days and probably sleeping. It’s just one year so hopefully can enjoy many more years post treatment. Battle with thoughts hardest but taking day by day only way
I feel a sense of peace when the Salvation Army Brass band plays in our close on Christmas Eve. They have only been doing this for the last couple of years but It brings a tear to my eyes when I hear them. The people that are at home when this happen come out of their doors and stand outside to soak it all up.
Christmas morning a nice cup of tea in bed. Have a nice soak in the bath and then potter. My partner and I are like bookends of the sofa watching cheesy Christmas repeats snuggled under the duvet, blissful. We will speak with our respective families on the phone. Then can see from our lounge window the children in our close trying our their new bikes or gadgets giggling and laughing.
Just that for me really and want to enjoy every single minute. Hey if there is snow there has to be a snowball fight on Christmas Day.
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