11 Ways to Curb Holiday Stress When You Have a Chronic Condition

By Corinne O’Keefe Osborn
November 29, 2022

While the holidays can bring many joyous moments, this season is also often full of stress, anxiety, and strong emotions. You may be preparing an elaborate meal, struggling to afford the latest toy, feeling lonely, or missing someone, and that stress is bound to do a number on your body. Many people with chronic conditions find that emotional stress can agitate and amplify their symptoms.

In fact, chronic stress negatively impacts everyone’s health, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. But, people with chronic illness are even more susceptible, as stress raises blood sugar, increases inflammation, and weakens the immune system, potentially wreaking havoc throughout the body.

Fortunately, stress-management techniques are highly effective. So, if you’re sick of feeling crummy and rundown during the holidays, try some of these methods to ease holiday stress.