With the holiday season finally here, many of us have to deal with added stress. With presents to figure out and buy, crowded stores full of shoppers, social events to attend, traffic day and night, and bitter cold weather to battle, the end of the year can be a very hectic time. Add to these tasks all the regular, everyday responsibilities we face, and the stress can become too much to bear. That might mean a hot shower and a relaxing night at home for most of you, but for those like me, stress has a much more ugly result.
Stress can have an actual, physical result in those who suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, and can worsen the disease significantly when things get hectic. Since the Holiday season is ground zero for chaos, a mad rush to get everything done before the twenty-fifth of December can mean real pain. When you have to deal with fatigue, aching joints, and nightly fevers, the whole “Christmas shopping” experience isn’t the joy that TV commercials portray it as.