Shelley Scott, executive director, Flamborough Information and Community Services
The holidays are generally considered to be a joyous time. However, for people coping with serious illnesses, the holidays can bring unwanted stress. Four important ways to steer clear of these unnecessary stresses during the winter months could include:
• Incorporate a healthy attitude.
At this time of year, many families do not follow their normal routines. Parties and social events are excuses for people to eat and drink excessively, which has the potential to bring about stress.
While it is not necessary to avoid these parties, watching your diet and continuing to incorporate an exercise routine into your daily life, is important.
• Don’t forget your medication.
The holiday season is one of the busiest travel times of the year. Forgotten medication will only add to the stresses and is something that can be easily avoided.
Make sure you pack your medications in your carry-on bag if you are flying. You can contact the airline ahead of time to be sure that your medication will pass security regulations and can be taken on the plane. There are usually options that make medications easily accessible.
• Keep medical appointments.
Whether it’s a routine check-up or you are seriously ill, make sure you stick to your scheduled visits with health professionals. With busy holiday schedules, many people forget to schedule doctor visits. It is important to remember that your health should come first.
• Set limits.
The holidays can be stressful when shopping for gifts. Stretching your financial limits can lead to increased stress. It might be necessary to set a monetary limit with family and friends to determine an appropriate gift amount and stick to it.
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Submitted by Shelley Scott at Flamborough Information and Community Services 905-689- 7880. For more info check out the Flamborough Seniors web site: www.flamboroughseniors.ca.