AdobeStock 133085102Top 10 tips for the Christmas period with tremor

The Christmas period can be stressful for people and with temperatures dropping people  with essential tremor often find that their tremor worsens. In addition  there are lots of seasonal viruses such as cold and  flu. 

Our tips will help you relax during Christmas and cope with the cold weather.

1. Christmas shopping
If you can, go shopping yourself or go with someone, as this is a social outing whilst also helping maintain mobility. Remember to choose a time when the shops are not busy. But do ask someone to go for you when you really feel unable.

2. Avoid rushing
Christmas is a fun time of year, but can be a hectic time. So try to avoid rushing and doing things at the last minute.

3. Plan Christmas dinner in advance
Plan meals in advance and write a list of the ingredients before going to the shops.

4. Make Christmas dinner simple
Think about how long you can stand preparing your meal and don’t decide on a menu that will take longer to prepare than you can cope with.

5. Make lots of frozen meals
Around Christmas you find that you and friends are cooking for large groups of people. If you’re cooking a meal that can be frozen for other days, remember to double or treble the quantity so that you have a few quick and easy meals on standby.

6. Buy frozen vegetables
Christmas dinner often involves lots of peeling and chopping vegetables. Individual packs of frozen vegetables that can be micro-waved are very convenient

7. Wrap up warm this winter!
Wear several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat.

8. Carry a hot water bottle
Hot water bottles and portable heat pads can be useful for extra warmth – and if you’re going on a journey.

9. Keep your heating  on
Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed. During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18C.

10. Get a flu jab
Find out from your GP if you can get the flu jab for free on the NHS.

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