Cancer and the Holidays Seminar with Karen Tripp MS LMFT

HANDOUT FOR SEMINAR

Cancer and the Holidays: Helpful tips on how to lower stress and increase joy during the holidays.

By Karen Tripp MS LMFT  President and Founder Cancer Companions

 Holidays Stress Poor Immune System – Not Good

Holiday stress comes from spoken and unspoken expectations.

GOAL: Design Your Own Holidays

Step #1 Decide the most important or fulfilling things about the holidays.

Kids?  Grandkids? Church events? Celebrations? Gift giving? Decorations?

 Step #2 Evaluate holiday activities.

See Holiday Evaluation Chart (BELOW)

Step #3 Evaluate relationship needs.

See Holiday Evaluation Chart (BELOW)

Step #4 Share the NEW PLAN with others.

Who will resist change?  Who will be an ally? How should the plan be shared?

Step #5 Be Flexible

Cancer Companions Holiday Evaluation Chart

ACTIVITIES

             What’s Typical?  What’s Fulfilling?   What’s not possible?      NEW PLAN

  1. What do you do?

 

  1. Who do you see?

 

  1. What do you buy?

 

  1. Where do you go?

 

  1. Important events?

RELATIONSHIPS

               What’s Typical?    What’s Fulfilling?  What’s not possible?   NEW PLAN

  1. Who do I need to see?
  2. From whom do I need space?
  3. Who can come to me?
  4. Who do I travel to them?
  5. Who can I ask for help?
  6. Who can give companionship?

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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