The holidays are here and you are rushing around picking out gifts for those you love, preparing for travel or for travelers, and many of you may be under more stress than usual. As all of us who suffer from Burning Mouth Syndrome or other chronic pain conditions know, stress is not our friend.
What can you do to cope with the gulf that may exist between what you want to do and what you can do?
Press the pause button.
Pause and prioritize what is most important to you. Are there activities or obligations that can you can pass on this year? Can your holidays be scaled down a little to give you the time for self-care that you need? Trust me, none of these things will happen naturally. You must think about them and choose where you will invest your time, your energy, and your stress.
Stay hydrated. Eat before you go to parties so you won’t be tempted to nibble on those sweet or salty snacks that may irritate your tongue and mouth. Keep the alcohol to a minimum, and pay attention when your doctor says not to mix it with particular meds you may be on. Impairment can sneak up on you and a car accident is no way to celebrate the holidays. Make sure you are getting enough rest and if an opportunity to nap comes your way, take it!
Check out the Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) Group on Facebook and the Burning Mouth Support website for more coping strategies, and remember, it is nearly impossible to care for others if you are not taking care of yourself.