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By a Christmas tree, Liz holds Artie the dog, who is wearing a Christmas jumper.

Look after yourself this Christmas

Liz Sheils

Liz (and Artie the dog) share two top tips for making the season a little easier.

Can you see decorated trees? Have you eaten a year’s supply of mince pies? Are you wondering if you’ve cut enough paper to wrap a gift?

Christmas is here!

The festive season can bring many stressors and MS creates its own unique challenges. Here are my two top tips on how to make the season a little easier:

1. Use any mobility equipment you need

When you're wandering around for Christmas shopping or markets. Try not to worry about people looking at you. Often, we are all in our own world. If people do stare, it is generally for curiosity. If a wheelchair, walking stick or frame helps then don’t be afraid to use it!

2. Rest when you need

Try not to feel pressured to please everyone else at Christmas. If you need to close your eyes and escape the noise then do. What would you tell a friend with MS to do?

Ultimately, I encourage you to look after yourself a bit more this Christmas time. MS is a difficult condition and you understand your own MS best. Don’t be afraid to put yourself first.

I hope you can enjoy the festive time and we’ll see you in 2020 for more tips!

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