Multiple Sclerosis and the Holidays…
Try Some Time Savers
Figure out ways to cut corners rather than doing things the way you’ve always done them. Here are some tips:
Shop online. Reputable stores and online sites are careful to protect your security, so you can shop online without concern. There’s something great about clicking a mouse on a desired gift and having it show up at your door a few days later — wrapped.
Send e-mails instead of holiday cards. There are some great websites that allow you to add pictures and your own sentiments to electronic cards. Try www.smilebox.com.
Have a cookie exchange party where everyone goes home with a selection of treats that others have baked and contributed.
Have your favorite restaurant make your side dishes, your local grocery store cook your turkey, or the bakery make your pies. This might sting a little at first, but you might find it takes a lot of the stress out of the big holiday dinner or other gatherings.
Keep in mind that the stress of the holidays may cause some people to neglect their usual self-care routine — something you want to avoid. Pare down your obligations if you find yourself falling into that trap….
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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is easy to get wrapped up in the holiday bustle. Many people get so focused on decorating and shopping that holiday thoughts change from decorating enough to feel festive and finding gifts that spread cheer, to the bigger and fancier (and more expensive) the gifts and decorations, the better the holiday.
So, before we all get wrapped up in consumerism, I would ask you to think about creating a different kind of Holiday Season this year. Instead of having said your yearly, “Thanks” on Thanksgiving, carry that idea over into the rest of your holidays by creating a Gratitude Journal.
You might be asking, “What is a Gratitude Journal?”
Several studies have shown that individuals who participate in gratitude-based activities may have an improved sense of well-being. So, I would challenge you to get either a specific journal or notebook (or smartphone app) and assign that as a specific place to write each day one thing for which you are grateful. Try to spend at least 10-15 minutes thinking about what you are grateful for, why you are grateful for it, and how it impacts your life before you write it down. At the end of each week, spend a little time to read over all the things you have written down over the last week.
At the end of the month…
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