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MS Holiday Survival Guide

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Even though the holidays are all about the spirit, gifts and the food, if you take a closer look, you will actually understand that even these magical days have their hazards. The holidays can be stressful and complicated. Having multiple sclerosis though, might make the holiday preparation seem a bit harder than it already is.

Here are some tips that can help you avoid the MS holiday hazards:

  • Stress: Stress can be MS’s worst enemy. According to studies, stress can trigger your symptoms. Try staying as calm and peaceful as possible. Peacefulness and calmness though, are not the only way to deal with stress. Relieving stress is all about being strategic. Having a strategic holiday plan is the ideal way to not only avoid stress, but also successfully arrange your holiday events. Planning ahead and making lists can help you be organized and avoid the holiday hazards. Also, as we all know, being prepared means knowing what to expect, which means no unexpected or unplanned surprises are to occur.
  • Lack of sleep: Holidays are a break that we should all use wisely. What do we mean by wisely? Holidays should be spent with people you love, they should be fun, but you should also take advantage of this break in order to relax and recharge your batteries. Seize the opportunity and let yourself relax more. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep. Experts have found that a good night’s sleep has a positive effect on people with MS. A good night’s sleep does not only help to diminish the symptoms of fatigue, but it can also help to diminish the occurrence of unexpected flares. Why not go to bed early and enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating night’s sleep?
  • Too many people and too much noise:  Cognitive dysfunction is a common symptom of MS. This symptom can impact your life in several different ways and one of them is your communicational skills. Unfortunately, the holidays are the days that we have to communicate and socialize with friends, family and others the most. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the noisy people around you or by a repetitive or intense conversations, take a break and relax.

Remember that holidays are a time for you to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones!

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Source:  http://ms.about.com/od/livingwellwithms/a/holidays_ms.htm

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