1. Be present
It may not be the picture perfect holiday season when a family member is in eating disorder treatment. But focus on celebrating the here and now.
2. Keep things simple
Scale back on lots of travel during the holiday season while a family member is in ED treatment. Scale back on things that make the holiday stressful, large card mailing lists, office gifts etc. Keep things simple.
3. Give back
Think of ways to take the focus off a family member’s ED treatment by focusing on doing. Visit a shelter and offer a helping hand. Go to an animal shelter.
4. Create remembrances
Create a recording of holiday poems, write and record a musical piece. Make holiday crafts together.
5. Show love
Offering compassion and signs of love is especially important when a family member is in ED treatment. Take the focus off the material and just give a hug, a smile.
6. Remember life is impermanent
Celebrate the holiday here and now