Navigating Epilepsy: The Road Ahead

“THE HOLIDAYS”

snowflakesFor some the thought of THE HOLIDAYS reminds of them of fond childhood memories and a sense of family and connection. Some look forward to the hustle and bustle of it all and find it to be a very positive time of year full of warmth and love. The describe it as time to reconnect and reflect upon the year and all the great things that have happened.

For others, THE HOLIDAYS can represent a time of disappointment and struggle. Clients often lament to me about their inability to provide for friends and family as they wish they could. Some also fear that their epilepsy will get in the way of travel or celebrations and that they will be isolated and alone throughout the holiday season. For his group the holidays are the most difficult time of the year.

No matter where you lie on the spectrum the reality is that there is stress involved for nearly everyone during this time of year. Stress, as we know can come in two forms, positive stress and negative stress. Positive stress is the stress we feel when exciting or positive things are about to happen, for example, purchasing a home, getting married, and the arrival of a new baby. Negative stress is usually what we are more “familiar” with, for example, it can be the loss of a job, living with a chronic illness or spending time with a dysfunctional family member. The holiday season can bring about both types and both types can be difficult to manage.

Regardless of what the type of stress you attach to the holidays it is important to allow yourself some space and time to acknowledge that you are experiencing the stress and think of ways to handle it. There are also past blog entries that can help you manage your stress.

(ttp://navigatingepilepsy.com/2015-08/mindful-walking/)

There is also a webinar that NEREG has made available to you that you may find helpful.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4z7FmuPt-Y).

We hope that with these tools you are able to sit back and enjoy the holiday season!

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