HOLIDAYS AND EPILEPSY
The holiday season is meant to be very joyful and stress-free; however, it normally ends up being the opposite. Constant cleaning for guests, shopping for gifts and going to holiday parties can cause one to feel overwhelmed and worried. This time of year can also bring memories of lost family members which can manifest into sadness or depression.
To begin, it is important to realize that being highly stressed is not good for anyone, particularly someone with epilepsy. This is because stress can be a trigger for someone with this neurological disease, and can cause an increase of seizure activity. Evidently, not everyone with epilepsy has seizures triggered by stress; though, it is important to try and avoid stress when possible to ensure better physical health.
A great way to reduce stress around the time of the holidays is to learn to manage your time. This means planning what you are going to do for the next couple days, or weeks. This will ensure that you have enough time to complete your required tasks, and also have time for yourself. To do this, you can buy an agenda or make notes in your phone, which means that there is always a place to check for your daily activities.
Another great method to reducing stress is sleep. Making sure that you are getting an adequate amount of sleep each night, will help you in ensuring that you feel refreshed for the next day.
Next, taking time to exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. This is because it gives you time to yourself, where you are able to focus on your body. Exercise can be used as a means to distract yourself from all your worries, or as a time to achieve personal fitness goals.
Lastly, it is important to be aware of your alcohol consumption during the holiday season. Alcohol is a large trigger for seizures, on top of being stressed. In addition, drinking too much can also be the cause of depression. Therefore, if you decide to drink alcoholic beverages, you should be aware of the potential consequences.
Ultimately, the holiday season should be a time to enjoy with your friends and family. Thus, if you implement the tips above, you may be able to have a stress-free holiday.