313/365 – Tips for people with myasthenia to keep well this Christmas

In exactly one month, it will be Christmas morning and our bodies will be sighing in preparation at the gluttony to come. As a diehard festive fan, the number of positive things I can list about the season of love and giving are endless. A few of my favourites are: 

  • spending an extended period of time with family
  • catching up with friends doing Christmassy things 
  • mince pies washed down with mulled wine

I’m incredibly lucky that Elaine shares my love of all things Christmas and we try to do lots together. However I’ve noticed over the last two years that my symptoms get worse in the build up to Christmas. Why? Exactly because of the gluttony that the festive period entails. 

This year I would like to not have to explain to my loved ones that the reason I’m looking ‘bad’ is because I’ve been having too many festive spirits. So I’m going to be attempting a more restrained December. Here’s how:

  1. Selecting my Christmas nights out carefully: there tend to be endless invites for catch ups over Christmas and before you know it every night of your week will be busy. I’ve done this and it’s stupid. You end up skint, you end up exhausted and you end up often not really enjoying the time spent with friends. January needs some brightening up, so why not hold off some of the catch ups until then?
  2. Ensure I have several healthy days a week throughout December: in December, we are surrounded by sugary treats and drinks so it’s no wonder our bodies are crying our for a detox by New Year. I’m going to try to give my body an early detox this year by making sure I’m eating healthy for around half of the week (mon-thurs). That way I’ll feel more deserving of a mince pie and a mulled wine. 
  3. Spend more time at home relaxing: just because I’m not out partying doesn’t mean I need to be at work or busy. This year I’m going to try to give myself at least 2 evenings a week of time spent relaxing. I want to do a bit of Christmas crafting and I also have my favourite Christmas movies to get through. I might even get to watch Home Alone 1, 2 and 3 this year.
  4. Keep up my exercise schedule: I wrote last week about struggling for fitness motivation at present and this tends to only get worse during the festive season as I repeat ‘I’ll start again next year’.  This year I intend to maintain my 3-4 times a week workout schedule right through Christmas and New Year. 

By following the above four steps, I hope to have a strong and healthy start to 2016. 

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