It feels a little that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are stuck between a rock and hard place when it comes to the weather. After the extremely hot summer we’ve just experienced, many people had issues with the heat, and now winter is just around the corner bringing problems and anxieties of its own.
MS symptoms can be exacerbated as the temperature drops. It is not known exactly why the cold has a negative effect on people with MS symptoms. Some of the symptoms that can be exacerbated by the cold weather are:
One additional issue may be the shorter days and not being exposed to as much direct sunlight, therefore not getting as much natural vitamin D as in summer months. The lack of sunlight, the shortening of the days and the difficulties getting out and about can also be contributing factors towards negative mental health with potentially worsening anxiety and depression.
Like many other aspects of living with MS, a little planning and forethought can go a long way when coping with activities in the winter.
If you want to chat about any aspects of living with multiple sclerosis, the MS-UK Helpline team are here to help. Just call us on 0800 783 0518, email us or use our live web chat service to get in touch.
Remember, remember the fifth of November...
Guy Fawkes Night is more than just a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and enjoy some colourful explosions. If you’re looking to support MS-UK, a night of huddling around a bonfire, toasting marshmallows and writing your name in the sky with sparklers can be a unique way to fundraise!
Need some inspiration to help light the fuse and get your party fired up? We've listed our top 5 bonfire night fundraising activities below!
Penny (or a pound!) for the Guy!
Put a modern twist on the traditional bonfire night activity by holding a Guy Fawkes dummy making competition! Maybe you want to give him a 1980's perm? Or perhaps you'd like to see him dressed in lederhosen? A collection of weird and wonderful homemade Guys could be displayed outside, and your guests could vote for their favourite by placing a donation into a pot. The winner is the Guy (or Gal) who raises the most money!
Marshmallows are approximately 100 times tastier when toasted.
Grab a stick, skewer some marshmallows, and roast them over the bonfire. Get creative with it. Drizzle them in chocolate. Use the melted marshmallow to decorate some toffee apples. Perhaps you could ask for a small donation from your guests to try some of your treats!
It doesn't matter how old you are, watching things explode is fun...
Lots of local community centres and sports clubs hold professional firework displays that attract people in their droves. Why not ask the organisers if they would let you and some friends hold a bucket collection at the end of the event? Then sit back and watch the rockets fly!
Apple bobbing is totally weird, but somehow it gets people excited!
Apple bobbing makes no sense, but that doesn't mean we don't love it! Grab a bucket, fill it with water, chuck in a few apples, then get people to slosh their faces around the drink to pick up a piece of fruit with only their teeth. Why not turn it into a competition? Ask for a small donation fee to enter and give challengers the chance to take home a juicy Red Delicious!
Writing your name in sparks is the closest you'll ever get to being a full-blown wizard.
Offer sparklers to your bonfire night guests in return for a donation to MS-UK. Then watch with awe as grown adults pretend they're firing spells from a wand like a middle-aged Harry Potter.
We’d love to hear what you plan to get up to this bonfire night, so share your stories with us! Get in touch with Lucy and send in your photos and videos of your night in action!
Remember to wrap up warm and stay safe, but most of all have fun!