Holidays with MS: A survival guide

Holidays with MS: a survival guide

While the holidays are often considered to be the most wonderful time of the year, this time can also be quite stressful for some, especially for those with MS. Cathy shared some tips with us, so we created a holiday survival guide for people with MS. See Cathy's original articles here and here.

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Don't stretch yourself too thin when it comes to cooking. Stick to meals that don't contain a lot of different ingredients, and those that don't require a lot of time for preparation.

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Make a list when you are running errands, and make sure to eliminate anything that isn't truly necessary. And if you get tired while trying to do everything on that list, take a break! It's really okay to sit down and rest, or even take a nap!

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Do you find naps helpful?

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Use a calendar to keep track of your plans, and don't schedule too much on any given day.

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Do you keep a calendar?

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Conserve your energy, and don't over-do it when you know you have a lot of activities scheduled.

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Does having MS make it difficult to manage \"simple\" errands?

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Never be afraid to ask for help! No one is capable of doing it all, and you shouldn't expect yourself to handle everything on your own.

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There are several useful apps like WunderlistClearTrello and Shizu, that can serve as your very own virtual assistant.   

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What do you use to create lists (check all that apply)?

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Gift cards are a simple, easy way to give a person what he or she wants, without the stress of searching high and low for the "perfect" gift. Plus, if you are shipping presents to loved ones far away, this will reduce shipping costs significantly - especially if you buy on line and ship directly to the recipient!

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Helping out those who are less fortunate than we are is a wonderful thing to do during the holidays. Not only will you make someone's life better, but it feels great to know you are really making a difference.

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Sometimes there is nothing better than sitting down to enjoy a classic holiday movie or book - it can certainly help to get you in the spirit of the holidays.

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How do you unwind when you are feeling stressed?

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If you enjoy anything spiritual, religious, uplifting or joyful, consider scheduling time to do what you love, whether it be attending mass, a service at a synagogue, or even yoga. 

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