I read an all too intriguing article this morning…about the possibility of holiday lights inducing seizures in people with epilepsy. My first thought was, maybe we shouldn’t be staring into the lights for too long? Is that simple logic, or just common sense?
The article appears on timesofmalta.com.
Either way, this brings up an interesting point. The holidays can certainly contribute to more seizure activity due to stress in people with epilepsy. Whether it’s financial, personal, professional, a medical situation…we’ve all experienced a heightened sense of anxiety during this time of year and it’s up to us to try to overcome this and take care of ourselves. Here are some tips:
-Don’t over-plan and overbook yourself; don’t spread yourself too thin; you can’t be in too many places at once and think about YOUR health
-Spend wisely. The simplest gifts are sometimes the kindest
-Remember your meds and remember to exercise and eat well. Get plenty of rest and relaxation. If you must skip a gathering or two, is it really a big deal?
-Call your neurologist or epileptologist if you begin to feel too overwhelmed by stress or if the seizures begin to get the best of you. He/she might need to intervene
Most of all, make sure you take time to enjoy yourself. This is not the time to let seizures overrun your life!