Stay Healthy During the Holidays
The holiday season can be an overwhelming time for many people. This is particularly true when you or your loved one lives with the challenges of epilepsy. Below are some tips to help reduce the pressure of the holidays:
1. Be realistic
The holiday season is not about being "perfect". A lot of stress we put ourselves through comes from trying to match the unrealistic expectations that are often shown in magazines and on television. Your cookies might be misshapen, the gifts unwrapped, or the turkey overcooked, but it's the thought that counts.
2. Ask for help
Don’t be embarrassed to ask for extra help. Share tasks with friends, family, or co-workers. If a celebration is being held at your home, delegate entertaining, cooking, and cleaning duties with attendees in advance.
3. Keep a regular sleep, meal, and exercise schedule
While it's fine to occasionally indulge in eggnog and late nights, don't use the holidays as an excuse to compromise your health. It is also very important to limit or avoid alcohol use, since this can make some people more likely to have seizures.
4. Set a budget and stick with it
A lot of holiday season stress derives from money worries. Set a budget and once you reach your spending limit, live within the boundaries and be grateful for the fact that you have as much as you do.
5. Take time out for yourself
Take breaks from group activities. Do what relaxes you. Go for a walk, chat with a friend, or meditate. It's okay to not attend some holiday events or parties. Attend those that you really enjoy or that you know matter most.
It’s important to focus on the traditions that make the holidays special for you. Be thankful for the family and friends that you have, the opportunities you've been given, and the future you can look forward to.