For others, the holidays can be a source of stress or sadness. The “holiday blues” can be brought on by many factors including family conflict, reminders of loss such as death or divorce, financial strain, illness and chronic conditions.
For someone coping with incontinence, the holidays can be both enjoyable and challenging. Continence Connection, LLC has received many e-mails from our incontinent community asking for tips for the challenges associated with shopping, traveling and socializing during the holiday season. Here are some tips that I thought of. Please share your tip(s) that may help your fellow incontinence sufferer.
§ Shop from the privacy of your home for gifts this year to save yourself stress from the fear of embarrassing situations. Check out www.gifts.com where you can shop for your friends and family by personality. Also, www.overstock.com is another great place with a huge variety of gift giving ideas.
§ Try to be easy on yourself and know that you are not alone. More than 30 million Americans are in your same shoes.
§ If the thought of traveling for the holidays brings more stress than pleasure to you, chose what is ultimately right for you. Perhaps you can suggest that your family comes to visit you this year. If not, make a careful plan for your trip and plan ahead to avoid stress and embarrassment.
§ Putting on a party? Shop online for the food you want to serve. There are plenty of reputable online stores where you can plan your menu, make your food choices and have it delivered to your front door. Look at www.peapod.com , www.gourmetstation.com, and www.impromtugourmet.com for this type of service.
§ When you do wander out for shopping make a point of shopping at places where you know you won’t be far from a restroom.
§ Take special care of yourself to help you cope better. Eat well, drink plenty of water, exercise and be with those that bring you happiness.
§ Plan, plan, plan! If you are prepared you will feel more in control, confident and less stressed about potential embarrassment. Depending on the length of your trip, pack an appropriate size bag of incontinence products in a backpack or pocketbook. Remember a zipper-type baggie or two for storing soiled clothing.
§ If you are going on a longer day trip an extra change of clothing on hand will provide the extra security and confidence.
§ If you are taking a long distance trip on a plane consider mailing your incontinence supplies to your ultimate destination if they are too bulky to tote.
Continence Connection, LLC wishes you and yours a wonderful, happy holiday season. May you feel confident, at peace and stress free during this busy and sometimes challenging time of year.