The Holidays are on us and for the first time since my daughter was born, we are not spending Christmas with our extended family. Honestly, it's a little weird but we are enjoying the family time together. Also for the first time since our daughter was born my wife is working a regular 30 hr a week job. She's struggled a lot with the job because her heart wants to be home with our daughter helping her as she is homeschooled, but she knows that a part of our moving was she would have to work for a bit until we increased our income. So, she's really torn right now which has caused some emotional stress during the Holidays.
Today, she's having to work a half day which is really frustrating her. Work, health and other issues can cause a lot of stress over the Holidays which can just make the MS cycle worse. For my wife, stress is enemy number #1 through the Holidays so we do everything we can to eliminate stressful situations. Even when we travel to our extended family we make sure we stay in a hotel so she can get away and rest if needed, and also to make sure that she goes to bed at a decent time instead of staying up all night talking with family. Yes, she will miss a few things, but when she is present she is feeling good and is able to be fully there. Does that make sense?
So, are you planning ahead for the Holidays? Are you making sure that you have times of rest built in and that you have done what you can to eliminate stressful situations? We have learned through the years that we can tweak things a little and it makes a huge difference for my wife's health. Don't let the Holidays get the best of you, and especially if you're struggling with MS issues don't let your MS define your Holidays. This year we have a special Holiday meal planned, sledding in the mountains, and we are going to serve someone else in need to remind us of how blessed we truly are. Merry Christmas from our whole family, and this Holiday season, choose to be full of joy in spite of any issues you may be having with MS and plan ahead to take full advantage of everything the Holiday's have to offer!