To make sure that the holidays stay festive, most people plan ahead. For individuals with lupus, all the shopping, decorating, cooking, gift-wrapping and going to parties can be very exhausting. Don’t be afraid to say “I’m just too tired” and ask for help.
According to social worker Caroline Norris, one way to cope with stress during the holiday season is to follow the four A’s: avoid, alter, accept and adapt.
How would you even know if you are one of the 1.5 million Americans that has lupus? The common signs of lupus are:
Less common symptoms include:
Reducing stress can only enhance the good things in your life. If you have any questions about lupus, call the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania at 800-800-5776 or visit www.lupuspa.org.