Holiday season stress impacts disease flares

It is not a surprise that special occasions create both good and bad stress. For some these are happy times spent with friends and family, and for others it can be a very difficult time of year. Regardless of this, managing stress is important. Our body produces cortisol in response to stressors and excess cortisol production translates into increased inflammation in the body. For many conditions where high inflammation causes flares, this can very difficult as not only is the person stressed, but they are also flaring.

So, as we enter into this holiday season filled with busy schedules and many expectations, remember to look after yourself, take some deep breaths and try to enjoy the moments rather than getting overwhelmed.

We wish everyone all the best for the season however you choose to celebrate.

Carolyn Whiskin is the Pharmacy Manager for Charlton Health.  Carolyn specializes in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, pharmaceutical compounding, women’s health, pain and smoking cessation. Carolyn has won provincial and national awards for her commitment to patient care and public service.

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