Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
Even though the holidays might look a little different this year, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is still present. From strategically timing holiday shipments and deliveries, to virtual or socially distanced get-togethers, surviving the holidays is no easy feat. But for someone who experiences bladder leakage, the possibility of being caught off guard at an inopportune moment can cause anxiety and may make us not want to participate in festivities at all.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, you are not alone. In fact, one in every ten Canadians experiences bladder leakage but that doesn’t mean we need to restrict our holiday schedule or feel alone. In a survey conducted by CARP, one respondent said they stopped visiting family due to bladder leaks and felt confined to their home. With a little planning and a few tips, it can be entirely possible for those of us who experience leaks to enjoy this special time with friends and loved ones, allowing you to focus on what really matters.
Keep your triggers in check
It seems everywhere we turn during the holiday season, there’s a reason to celebrate with festive cocktails and party foods. But for those of us who experience bladder leakage, overindulging in trigger foods and drinks could be an invitation for unwanted leaks. Certain foods and drinks irritate the bladder more than others and exacerbate leakage symptoms. The effects of various foods on bladder leakage vary from person to person. To learn how your body reacts, you should test different ‘trigger’ foods to determine which affect you so you know which to avoid. These can include caffeine, carbonated beverages and alcohol, acidic foods, like citrus fruits and juices, and spicy foods. By no means should we say ‘no’ every time to a drink or hors-d’oeuvre – we all deserve to savour the joys of the season – but it’s wise to approach holiday festivities with moderation in mind! Try limiting caffeine and carbonated beverages and space out alcoholic drinks with water, as alcohol also promotes dehydration which can make symptoms worse. Interestingly enough, drinking less water actually increases the concentration of the urine, making bladder control more difficult so be sure to stay hydrated!
Prepare for the Season
Preparing for the holiday season is hectic enough without the worry and stress of an unexpected leak. But with proper planning, it is possible to make the holiday season an enjoyable affair. Here are a few simple tips to help you prepare:
- Stay protected: Get in the habit of wearing bladder leakage protection products so you can stay active and engaged in all the fun. By keeping a few extras on hand, you will have protection and peace of mind all season long.
- What to wear: For added reassurance, reach for something dark when selecting your holiday outfit. Wearing dark colours and jewel tones can keep you looking festive and hide little spills, stains, and unexpected leaks better than lighter colours.
- Guaranteed protection: Use reliable bladder leakage protection products that are designed to deliver maximum security and comfort. Options like the ultra-sleek fitting Depend® Silhouette for Women and Depend® Real Fit for Men. Offering advanced protection that flexes with every move both Depend products feature the smoothest, softest shapewear fabric with an extended range of sizes that flatter any shape. The chic, modern designs create an underwear-like look and feel that is unnoticeable under clothes for trusted protection.
For women who experience light leakage, Poise® Ultra-Thin Pads are the thinnest pads available that will keep you fresh and confident, with fast-absorbing protection that flexes when you move. Poise® also offers the Original Pads for added protection that move seamlessly with your body so that you’re protected at any angle. They quickly absorb wetness and lock in odour to ensure you the security you need and comfort you want during the holiday season. With so many great options available, the use of these products can help soothe your bladder leakage nerves.
Steal some well-deserved “me time”
During this hectic time of year, the surest way to preserve one’s sanity is to carve out a little time to just be. It’s all the more important when we naturally feel extra stressed around the holidays due to the possibility of unwanted leakage. Taking as little as 10 minutes to meditate, or just collecting a couple deep breaths, can go a long way to soothe our nerves, calm our minds and remind us to embrace all the good the holiday season can bring.
If you’re finding it challenging to find a moment to yourself, take a mental break and think about a few things worth celebrating. It could be a delicious meal you helped prepare, a thoughtful gift you wrapped, a lovely conversation you shared or having the courage to fully immerse yourself in the season’s special moments despite your leakage. Celebrating your daily wins can act as a quick pick-me-up whenever, wherever.
The secret to a lovely holiday season isn’t a secret after all: simply enjoy it to the fullest. Keep your mind off bladder leakage, and fully embrace the good times with loved ones with effective protection that is as comfortable as it is discreet. To learn more about bladder leakage products you can trust and for a free trial kit, visit depend.com, so you can dedicate your holidays to creating beautiful memories to cherish for years to come.