From homemade cookies to that wonderful winter weather, the things that make the holidays so magical can also be a minefield of psoriasis triggers. That’s why it’s even more important to stay diligent about managing your psoriasis this time of year.
Here are some tips for staying on track this holiday season.
is a good way to clear the mind, slow racing thoughts, or relieve anxiety. If you find yourself overwhelmed during a gathering, try to find a quiet space to meditate for a few minutes.
can be beneficial for those with psoriasis because it can help reduce stress. Schedule some time for yourself during all of the festivities and see if you come back recharged.
may increase the production of endorphins, improving mood and energy. A lot of the holidays is spent lounging around home, but try to get up and move around to beat the winter blues.
about any holiday activities that cause you stress and consider avoiding them. Some people can be affected by the pressure of gift-giving or cooking holiday meals for large groups. If you’re forced to be in such a situation, don’t be afraid to say no or take on a reduced role.
The holidays and eating go hand-in-hand—but there are some foods you should try to avoid with psoriasis, or at least try to limit, since they may cause inflammation. Keep an eye on what you eat during holiday parties and gatherings, and if you think you’ll have trouble finding something healthy to eat, consider bringing your own dish made from ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are some psoriasis tips to snack on: