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Remember it's ok

As we almost close out for another year the Christmas season is always an appropriate time to take a few minutes, pause, and reflect on what we have achieved this year. It is a great feeling when we allow ourselves to take a step back and think about the goals that we set for ourselves in 2023 – whether we did this in a structured way or more informally.

It can change our perception of our lives immensely once we actually write out what we have done. Some of it may be ‘on plan’ and other things may have happened as you’ve gone along.

However, Christmas can be difficult for anyone, at any point in their life. You might be struggling this year for the first time. Or you may have found Christmas difficult in the past, and you're dreading it again this year.

You may also enjoy Christmas, but not be able to celebrate it how you'd like to. Or you might find some parts enjoyable, but other parts stressful.

Remember it’s ok if …

• You are not in the festive spirit

• The festive season is more anxiety than cheer

• You break new year's traditions that trigger stress

• Your house is more chaotic than cheerful

• You set boundaries with friends and family

• You are grieving

• You want to sit out of festivities with family and friends

• You take breaks to preserve your peace

On behalf of the London Lupus Centre we would like to wish you and your family a happy new year filled with hope, health, and happiness - with a generous sprinkle of fun!

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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