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Holiday Stress Coping Ideas

Holiday Stress Coping Ideas

Welcome to my 2021 holiday season....with MS, during a pandemic, 4-hours away from family and friends, and on a strict budget due to being on leave for the last 4 months. πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’« Tis the season for us all, though, right? My holiday season will likely be more stressful this year than in the past, so I'm trying to plan ahead and get a variety of ideas for combatting the pressures that come. πŸŽ… So, what works for you, when dealing with the stresses this time of year? I welcome all ideas, and thanks in… read more

A MyMSTeam Member said:

ZOOM meetings with far away friends and relatives is better than no meetings.

To paraphrase a movie line "Stress is like a bag of f***in' bricks. All ya gotta do is set it down." MS is stressfull enough so remove everything, including people, causing you additional stress. YOUR health and life is priority #1 and very little else comes close. Surround yourself with people who love and support you and ditch the drama queens and emotional vampires whom, even without your MS, would suck the soul out of you.

As far as dealing with the stress around the holidays, well everyone knows I have MS and my ability to be with them maybe in spirit only. To be on the safe side I've already had Amazon deliver Christmas presents for under various trees just in case I cannot physically be there. Sucks, but this works for me...

posted 15 days ago
A MyMSTeam Member said:

First, remember meeting with others over the holidays is suppose to be fun. Holidays when you have MS may not be but you should "earn" some points for even attempting. Try to remember this. I would consider getting friends/family the mask that clips to the shirt. Getting them this gift sends a message to them as much as it's a nice thing. You have said without saying that protecting each other is as important as them receiving a gift. Also, considering offering your services to "run" the camera. We can talk for true right. Taking pictures is lower impact and you can be alone at times while participating. Most smart phones come with a camera and I'm betting you can send pics to multiple emails. The face masks are also available in bulk for an affordable price. You shouldn't feel you need to talk about MS to much but what you give and how you choose to interact are things you can control!

posted 15 days ago
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