The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people, MS or not. Living with MS doesn't make that any easier, in fact, it can create additional issues during an already stressful time. It may seem early to talk about it, but it will be here before we know it! So, how do the holidays and your MS get along? Is it a comforting time of year for you? Do you have additional challenges? Are you dreading it or looking forward to it? Do you do anything special to cope with the season?
I tend to dread the holiday season. I find the best thing for my MS is to keep a pretty regular schedule. That routine often gets interrupted during the holiday season. In addition to that, it tends to create feelings of expectation in everyone that can be hard to live up to. Speaking of hard expectations to live up to, I'm someone who often has to cancel a lot because of my symptoms. That leads to disappointment for me, my family, and my friends. That disappointment seems magnified during the holidays. While I dislike the holiday season, I understand why so many love it. One thing is for sure, I am looking forward to the cooler weather that often comes where I live during the holidays.
So how about you? What is your experience with MS and the holidays?