Holiday Stress and Eczema
If grocery shopping to the sound of Jingle Bells fills you with joy, this is the season for you! Snow on the ground, crispness in the air, presents soon to be under the tree…a lot to get excited about in December. But not everyone loves this time of year. For many people, the holiday season brings incredible stress: presents, decorations, parties, food, and even family. For someone who suffers from stress-triggered eczema, this time of year can go from holiday joy to winter misery in just one flare-up. Here are a few ideas to minimize both holiday stress and eczema flare-ups.
Harsh temperatures and lower humidity, hence drier winter air, can worsen eczema flare-ups. Skin exposed to the cold, dry air can easily become irritated, thus should always be covered when outside. Additionally, indoor humidity is also decreased because of various heating systems. In an environment you can control, such as your home, purchasing a humidifier can help lessen the effects of dry, heated air. Small desk humidifiers are even available to help keep your skin happy throughout the work day!
Shopping can be one of the holidays’ most stressful activities. The mall, typically crowded with stressed, overtired parents and their excited kids, all looking for that perfect gift, can easily trigger stress-related eczema. However, shopping online, avoiding the crowds, and possibly finding deals that are not available in stores, might be a better fit. Speaking of online stores, have you checked out ours…? Eczema Rescue Suits can make great gifts for parents of kids with eczema!
Just Say No
During the holidays, we often feel obligated to accept almost every invitation or request. Taking on too much additional responsibility is a sure-fire way for your stress level to skyrocket. The next time a friend asks you if you’d like to go to their child’s Christmas concert, consider saying that you are busy that night. If your sibling asks if you can host dinner this year, kindly decline and point out that it's their turn. Avoiding the additional stresses that come your way can help you focus on other aspects of the season, as well as minimize your eczema flare-ups.
Don’t Forget Exercise
We get so busy during the holidays that we can forget that exercising is one of the best ways to keep calm and de-stress. Finding the time to head to the gym or yoga can be difficult when you are so busy with “holiday joy,” but that hour-long trip could leave you feeling far better in the long run. If your eczema tends to get in the way of heavy, sweaty, physical activity, perhaps consider another form of exercise such as swimming, which is great for people with eczema as it hydrates the skin and impedes sweating.
Our last tip is a general but important one. Remember that the holidays are your time too. Even if you’re suffering an eczema flare-up, try to relax and have some fun. If your child has eczema, the holidays can be a wonderful time for them to just enjoy the magic of the season. We at AD RescueWear, hope your holidays are wonderful!
Please remember information on our blog is not designed or meant to replace a physician’s advice. Always consult your doctor about your medical conditions. AD RescueWear does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.