Incontinence and the Holidays
‘Tis the Season
We all have our holiday traditions – from piling in the car to go to Grandma’s house or taking off to a tropical destination. Regardless of how you choose to embrace this magical time of year, it’s important to enjoy it with a carefree sense of excitement. From spending time in the kitchen baking your famous dessert to braving crowded malls to find the perfect gift for a special someone, the last thing on your mind should be bladder leakage. However, with all the excitement surrounding the holiday season, it can be tough to stick to healthy routines that help manage leaks. With the unavoidable stresses that come with this time of year – travel, crowds, traffic, temptations – we want you to have all the tools in order to treasure the holidays, without the worry of incontinence. So rather than turning down dinner invitations, weekend getaways and shopping trips, we want you to say yes! And with the protection of TENA, you’ll be able to carry on old traditions as well as make new ones.
With the holiday season comes the inevitable need for travel. From hopping on a plane for a family reunion across the country to a day’s trip in the car or on a train, you’re most likely going to be on the move. And as we all know, getting from point A to B can be a cause for worry when you deal with bladder leakage. Where’s the nearest restroom? How much further till we arrive? Will this traffic ever end? Our flight is delayed!? These are all typical questions that may arise for someone who is conscious of ‘little bladder matters’. But there’s really no need to worry. The key is being prepared. We have a few crucial travel tips that will help you survive the madness that comes with holiday travel so you can actually enjoy your trip. After all, half the fun is getting there.
- Do your research
- Heading on a road trip but want to evade crowded roads and winter traffic? Be sure to plan a few alternate routes to avoid getting stuck. Even try the scenic route! Before hitting the road, type in your destination on Google Maps. Just drag and drop to create new routes. Use local landmarks as pit stops to break up the trip, while exploring uncharted territory.
- If you do experience leaks, you’ll have peace of mind if you plan out pit stops ahead of time. Plan a restaurant, a national park and even a shopping center into your itinerary to ensure you’ll always have access to restrooms.
- Have an APPetite for travel
- As technology keeps getting better and better, the benefits of staying connected are becoming endless! Especially during the busiest time of year for travel, be ahead of the curve with the best travel apps the tech world has to offer. Catching a flight? Get real time updates on all aspects of air travel, including delays, arrival times and baggage claim numbers with Flight Status. Even get an approximate time on how long you’ll spend in security with GateGuru. If you’re not too keen on flying and prefer hitting the open road, be sure to download GasBuddy to find the lowest gas prices along the way. And to avoid dreaded traffic jams, check out the Waze app to help you navigate another route.
- As we all know, finding a restroom during travel can be a tricky task. Especially when you’re on the road or in an unfamiliar city, having to be on the lookout for one can be quite stressful. But no need to worry. As long as you have the appropriately named app, SitOrSquat, you can find close and clean washrooms. This app may save the day!
- From Instagram to Yelp, here are a few more apps that will keep you occupied, well-fed and generally happier during your travels.
- Keep hydrated
- It may seem unlikely, but becoming dehydrated during travel is a real possibility. Whether it’s a long flight or prolonged time spent behind the wheel it can be easy to deprive your system of sufficient fluids. The easiest way to avoid this dilemma is to drink water. H20 is your best bet to keep hydrated during long hours spent traveling, and having a proper reusable water bottle helps! Good Housekeeping outlines the best on the market so you can always fill up. Also check out these other unconventional ways to stay hydrated during travel.
- For someone who suffers from bladder leakage, keeping hydrated is even more crucial. As we learned in Eating right for the Unexpected Leak – Water (link to article), dehydration can lead to an irritated bladder. So even though it may seem counterintuitive to drink water, it’s important to stay hydrated. It’s a decision your bladder will thank you for.
- Cost-Conscious Travel
- The holidays can be a pricey time of year, so here are some travel suggestions that will help you save money and stay calm along the way. And remember to order your favorite TENA product in bulk to cut costs while keeping protected. You can do that here.
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Don’t forget to always pack a spare bag with a changes of clothes and toiletries. If you suffer from leaks, be sure to take enough of your favorite TENA liners, pads, guards or underwear. This is especially important, as you may not be able to find the product or size you like when you’re in an unfamiliar place. If you’re staying somewhere overnight, try TENA Overnight Pads that protect you from heavy leaks, ensuring you get a good night’s rest – something that can be difficult in an unfamiliar bed!
It’s funny how attending or throwing a holiday party can somehow become a complicated event to successfully navigate. From keeping your diet on track to overall etiquette, there are often more questions than answers. However, ‘tis the season to celebrate and share memories with family and friends. Here’s how…
- Make it a team effort
- It can be an overwhelming task to plan and host a holiday party on your own. From cooking to decorating, taking on the responsibility yourself can be draining and pretty costly. Whether you’re the organizer or simply a guest, agree to share the workload. Suggest a potluck or plan on ordering in. Try and keep the occasion less extravagant and more on the casual side to help reduce stress. If you’ve been asked to bring a dish, here are some ideas to inspire you.
- Never go hungry
- It’s never a good idea to be too hungry when you arrive at the party. Sometimes the food doesn’t accommodate every diet, or portions may be smaller than you anticipated. Avoid hunger before the party by eating a small meal or snack before you go. This will also help keep your mood up throughout the night.
- For those with bladder leakage, this is an especially important tip. Certain types of foods can irritate the bladder and in turn make leaks worse. Stay away from spicy and acidic foods, including citrus fruits, juices and tomatoes. As you’re not always sure what types of foods will be served, eating something beforehand can help with this too.
- This is why potlucks are such a great idea. If you’re not comfortable with the uncertainty of the menu, offer to bring one of your own dishes!
- It’s okay to say ‘no’
- Often we can find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of holiday parties. It’s important to manage expectations. This means you shouldn’t feel pressured to accept every invitation you get. Choose the ones that are most important to you so you can focus your time, energy and resources on those that matter. It’s okay to have some time to yourself to recharge!
During the Party
- Self Serve
- Most cocktail parties allow you to help yourself to bite-sized food. This way, you can curate a plate of food that’s just to your liking, and you can mingle for as long as you like, without being confined to the dinner table for a long period of time.
- Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
- And while at a cocktail party, be sure to avoid, or at least limit, the cocktails! Did you know that alcohol is a diuretic? This means that the more it is consumed, the greater the desire to urinate. This can be an unfavorable combination to those who experience leaks. So, don’t encourage leaks. Choose sparkling water or a virgin cocktail over a glass of champagne. And if you’re at the party late, don’t switch to coffee to help keep you awake. Not only is it also a diuretic, it can affect your ability to fall asleep later! To learn more about how caffeine affects your bladder, check out this helpful article (link to caffeine article)
In addition to this party goer advice, take a look at these helpful, stress free party-planning tips for all the hosts out there.
Traditions: Old & New
Something that makes the holiday season so special is reminiscing over old memories. Often as a result of tradition, these memories last a lifetime and really bring together family and friends. Traditions can be passed down from generation to generation or can be the result of coincidence, luck or even a happy accident. Either way, traditions are important to keep alive year after year. But it’s also exciting to create new ones too! Include new family members and friends, while engaging the ones that have long been by your side. It can also be very fulfilling to start a tradition that involves giving back. A great way to bring the family together, kind and charitable acts can go a long way so be sure to pay it forward and help someone in need. So this holiday season, give these new traditions a go by making them your own and see how they evolve over the years. Who knows, this could be a start of a long loved holiday ritual!
- Make small gift bags or stockings with homemade sweet treats and hang them on your neighbors’ doors. It’ll be sure to put a smile on an unsuspecting face. Need some inspiration? Check out these cookie recipes.
- A great way to switch things up, try putting your kids in charge of decorating duty. Not only does it empower them with responsibility, it’s a fun project for them to showcase their creativity.
- Rather than exchanging gifts with family members, have each person choose a charity and make a donation on their behalf. This can help us appreciate how lucky we really are. Not sure where to give? Whether its animals, the environment or less-fortunate families, find some inspiration in this list of accredited charities.
- Nothing screams the season more than cozying up to your favorite holiday movie. Pop some popcorn, brew up some hot chocolate and enjoy the great indoors. Here are 25 holiday classics to tune into this season.
- With holiday season comes beautiful, bright lights in and around the city. Soak up the festivities by taking a drive around town to admire all the glowing beauty.
- Sometimes, there’s nothing better than having something tangible to look back on. That’s why holiday cards are perfect for creating memories. Whether you’re going for something contemporary, funny or cute, get the family together and make your very own holiday card. Start the brainstorming process with these 15 simple ideas. (but be sure to start early, you need time to have the cards printed and then mailed).
Skip the stress
It’s often easy to get caught up in the excitement, family pressures and ultimately all the stress of the holiday season. For those who have bladder leakage, this unnecessary strain can sometimes make things more complicated. However, the holidays should be about your family and friends and the time spent together. It’s important to remember that during this crazy time of year! Don’t let the hype and expectations of the season add to your worries. To help maximize your enjoyment, be sure to take control of your bladder leakage. Use TENA liners, pads, guards and underwear to cover you from any degree of leaks. With TENA by your side, you can rest assured that the stress of running to a restroom won’t get in the way of these precious moments. With your leakage securely under control, keep these other stress-relieving tips in mind to embrace the season’s festivities, not fear them.
- Rather than worrying yourself as you hunt for the perfect gifts, simply ask friends and family what they would like. Also, be sure to shop early as there’s a greater selection – and try to stick to your budget!
- Family get-togethers can be put a lot of pressure on you. To make things easier, try buying prepared (and bladder friendly) foods to avoid an overwhelming undertaking
- Plan your time wisely by simplifying commitments. Always remember to allow time for yourself and do things that you want to do. So don’t over-schedule yourself as there’s nothing wrong with a little ‘me time’
- Work it out! Physical activity is one of the best ways to combat stress. Go for a run, explore a new hiking trail, lace up the skates or partake in some Pilates. Whatever your method, exercise will help keep you relaxed – and work off all those holiday meals!
- Remember to do your Kegel exercises. They will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and combat against bladder leakage. Here’s a how-to guide.
This holiday season be sure to manage your expectations. Keep in mind that this time of year is about making memories with family and friends, while cherishing old ones as well. Embrace past traditions while making your mark on new ones. Travel smart by planning ahead and packing proper protection. Regardless of your holiday plans, nobody wants to deal with the worries and anxiety associated with bladder leakage. Whether you’re on vacation or simply at home with loved ones, there’s no need to let pesky leaks get in the way of enjoying the most magical time of year. The key is to take control and keep protected with the products you can trust. TENA will be right there by your side this holiday season to ensure you embrace all life has to offer.
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