Managing Incontinence During The Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching and its east to get caught up in all the shopping, cooking, and gift wrapping that comes along with it. With all the buzz surrounding the holidays, you may forget to take care of yourself, but it’s important to keep your health in check. If you are among one of the 25 million Americans living with adult incontinence, take a look at these tips to help manage your symptoms during the holidays:

1. Schedule. To effectively manage incontinence symptoms, you should consider scheduling restroom breaks throughout your day. It’s a given that the holidays can call for marathon-like activity and scheduled bathroom breaks will help decrease the chance of bladder leakage and reduce the urge to go. You can find incontinence supplies for women and men that can protect you from the occasional leakage. From incontinence briefs to protective underwear to liners and pads, there are a variety of products to suit your needs.

2. Rest. This tip runs hand-in-hand with scheduling, as it’s also important to designate certain periods of the day for a timed break. Completing errands around the house or around the town can put cause physical stress and strain on your body. Too much activity can irritate the bladder so take time for yourself to relax for a bit between errands to help your body catch up from all the activity.

3. Prepare. Whether you are going out for the day to pick up ingredients for your holiday meal or to shop for gifts, you can prepare yourself for the trip by starting your day out with some yoga. Yoga can help alleviate pressures in the body and also reduce the urge to use the bathroom which might help you get tasks done just a little faster. Additionally, yoga can be a great way to stay fit!

4. Help. While you get everything together for the holidays, perhaps you can enlist some helpers from among your family and friends. They can help you carry groceries, wrap gifts, make meals, and anything else that can lessen the load on your body. A little bit of help can go a long way in managing incontinence and sharing these tasks is also a great way to stay connected with loved ones.

Don’t let adult incontinence reign over your holiday. Take a step in the right direction so you can enjoy every moment and put your symptoms to rest.

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