Please tell me you're not planning to hit the Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving! That's an environment those of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome should avoid at all costs.
Why? Let me count the ways:
- We'll probably be too worn out from Thanksgiving
- We can't afford to lose the sleep
- It's too much exertion
- The chaos of it can lead to over stimulation, anxiety, panic attacks and flares
Now for a little more detail on each of those points:
1. Even if your Thanksgiving is fairly low key, you still should set aside some time to recover. Just socializing for several hours can be enough to wear us out, let alone the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning that usually go along with it. Pushing yourself for another day is a very bad idea.
2. This time of year, we're more likely to be stressed out and over exerting ourselves. Since we generally don't sleep well anyway, forcing yourself to get up ridiculously early - or stay up after a busy day - will only leave you more sleep deprived, which will exacerbate all your symptoms. It's not the way to start what's often the busiest 4.5 weeks of the year.
3. The standing, running, pushing and other craziness of it is too much for most of us. Just the initial adrenaline rush of the door opening could be enough to kick up symptoms.
4. For many of us, any day in a big-box store can lead to over stimulation. The bright lights, the overwhelming amount of colors and visual chaos, the crowds ... our central nervous systems just can't process it all. That can lead to anxiety attacks, massive symptom spikes, and sometimes even mental overload to the point that you can become confused and disoriented.
Yes, the savings are amazing. But these days, a lot of stores have "doorbusters" online as well. If you're an insomniac, you might just be able to stay up late, do your shopping in peace and quiet, then go to bed. Sounds like a much better option to me!
Here's more help for getting you through your holiday shopping and the season in general:
Have you braved Black Friday? What was it like? How do you handle holiday shopping? Leave your comments below!
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