Tips for the Holidays Tips
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be stressful enough, but for those suffering with CVS, it can be even more so as the anxiety and even excitement surrounding the festive time can trigger episodes and/or hospital visits. As the holidays approach, we have got some tips to help make the holiday season more manageable:
Whether you are planning to travel to visit loved ones or are staying close to home, the more prepared you are for a potential episode, the better off you will be.
Be aware of your triggers
. The holidays may be a time to relax and enjoy family time, but food triggers, lack of sleep and different chemical triggers can sneak up on you. Be aware of your surroundings.
No matter where you go or what you are doing, always have your abortive medications with you.
Motion sickness aids
. Many CVS sufferers also struggle with motion sickness, which can be a trigger as well, so having motion sickness aids on hand can help. Sea bands help with nausea too and can be used along with other motion sickness products.
Be aware of temperature.
Some CVS sufferers are reactive to temperatures, heat or cold. If you do not do well in the heat, have cooling towels on hand to keep cool. If the reverse is the case for you and you need heat, pack a heating pad or hot packs for relief.
. Many CVS sufferers do not do well on an empty stomach and some who are susceptible to motion sickness often find themselves with nausea. Salty snacks can help keep the nausea at bay.
Peppermint or Ginger
Have peppermint gum, peppermint candy, peppermint oils, peppermint Chapstick or any other peppermint product available. Peppermint can get rid of nausea without anyone knowing that you are struggling. Ginger can also help in this regard.
. While some CVS sufferers always keep Ziploc bags on them, there are also other vomit bag options on Amazon. One can turn liquid into gel, which makes for a more discreet disposal later.
. Always be aware of your fluid intake, especially if you are traveling.
Know where the nearest hospital is.
If you are traveling, know ahead of time where the
nearest hospital is. Also, have your medical records or emergency room treatment plan with you. That way, if you do have to visit the emergency room, you will have all of the information with you.
. This one is self-explanatory. The holiday season can be an exhausting time, so just be aware of the amount of rest you are getting. Fatigue can also be a trigger for some.
If you prepare ahead of time, you will have less anxiety about what may happen, so you can have more quality time with friends and family.