Lupus and Holiday Stress
The holidays are here and coming jingling along with them are all of the joy and stress of family gatherings; the I-have-no-idea-what-gift-to-buy- gift buying and the financial worries that follow right behind them, the insecurities of the I-am-no-freaking-Martha Stewart-meal-planning-woes, the fighting of the-me-first-you-last-voracious-crowds-everywhere-nuttiness, the physical and emotional demands of decorating and hanging the no-doubt-tangled lights-even-though-I-was-so-careful-wrapping-them-up-last-year-woes (with, of course, one mystery bulb out, causing total string blackout), the welcome-or unwelcome house guests, followed up with the fun-filled-holiday-time-travel stress (making you wish you could actually time travel.)
All of this can, understandably, lead to that little thing called ‘holiday stress’. Because stress can be a trigger for lupus, worsen flares, and has been linked to increased intensity in pain, stress avoidance is a must for everyone, especially lupus sufferers. Our blog on the Mind/Body Connection is definitely worth a read to better understand this link between stress and its affect on the body.