7 Tips for Managing MS and Maintaining Energy During the Holidays
- by Laura M.
- December 02, 2019
Laura M. has been compensated by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
The holiday season is a busy time of year. Decorating, shopping, attending parties, cooking, socializing, and traveling can leave you feeling burned out. Read my 7 tips to help maintain energy during the busy holiday season.
- Plan and Prioritize. Plan your schedule and choose activities that are most important to you. If you’re hosting or attending an event, schedule time earlier in the day to rest. And remember, you don’t have to do it all.
- Reduce Stress. Take small breaks throughout the day to help reduce stress. Recognize triggers before they happen and develop a plan for how you can respond while staying calm.
- Eat Healthy Foods. Remember to enjoy holiday treats in moderation. If you’re hosting or attending a party, try making a healthy but sweet treat for everyone to enjoy.
- Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the winter months. Limiting your consumption of high-sugar drinks, which may cause dehydration, could help you stay energized.
- Sleep and Rest. Ensure you’re getting enough sleep and rest during the holiday season. Try making time to sit down and relax, going to bed earlier, or taking a nap during the day.
- Keep A Routine. The hectic schedule of the holidays and traveling can lead to interruptions in your routine. Set an alarm on your phone, put a reminder on your calendar, or try Teva's tracking tool if you're taking COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) to help you remember to take your therapy as prescribed.
- Communicate. Remember, many symptoms of MS are invisible (such as fatigue, muscle spasticity, numbness and pain). Ask for help when needed and be honest about how you're feeling.
Happy holidays! Apply these tips to your routine to support your energy level this season.
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COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.
Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.