Although the holidays should be joyful and peaceful, for some, such as those with MS, they can be a bit stressful. Organizing holiday events, dinners, buying gifts, and planning vacations are some of the aspects that can make your holidays stressful. Below we have gathered some tips and ideas that can help you enjoy these holidays to the fullest:
- Give yourself a break: Holidays may be all about running different errands. To help, create a list of the tasks you need to complete and everything that you want to do during this holiday. If you feel overwhelmed or tired, eliminate from your list the things that are not truly necessary. Prioritizing will help you better plan your holidays and manage your symptoms. Remember to schedule your time wisely!
- Conserve your energy: Do not push yourself too much. Take some time to relax and restore energy. When you know you have a lot of activities scheduled for the next day, make sure to get a good night’s sleep and be relaxed.
- Reach out for help: If you feel overwhelmed with all the holiday preparations and tasks, do not hesitate to reach out and ask for some help. Call a loved one or a family member and ask them to help you. Remember that two pairs of hands are always better than one. Having company can make your tasks and preparations seem not only easier but joyful as well.
- Gifts: If you are very busy preparing a holiday event or do not feel very well and have no time for gift selections, we have the perfect solution for you: gift cards. They are a very simple and an easy replacement of an actual gift. Nowadays many people do prefer gift cards, since they can choose for themselves something they really like. Gift cards will relieve gift buying stress and will also make the receivers happy.
- Simplify the recipes: There is no need for you to stretch yourself too thin when it comes to cooking. Choose recipes that are simple, do not require numerous ingredients, and doesn’t have several different cooking methods.
Following this MS holiday guide will help you ease stress and enjoy the gay and joyful spirit of the holidays.
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