Posted by: ugleepen | December 20, 2014

Chronic Arthritis? How to Cope with the Holidays

gift-ideas-grand-paThe holidays are filled with festivities and activities that come with beauty, wonder, and joy.  Many of them are based on family traditions that may go back generations.

Feeling connected to family, and holidays of the past, through tradition is an important way to celebrate the holidays, but for those of you suffering from chronic arthritis, you may be finding it difficult to undertake the additional activities of the holiday season.

Managing daily life can be hard enough and now to add many more activities might be overwhelming.  Traditions can include Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, writing out Christmas cards, baking cookies, putting up a Christmas tree, hanging ornaments, and setting out more decorations.  To say nothing of attending extra church services, family gatherings, and parties.

With chronic arthritis you’ll be fighting fatigue, pain, and your physical limitations, while trying to prevent an arthritis flare.

How can you get through the holidays without overdoing and creating increased stress?

  1. Do only what is manageable
  2. Find the easiest way to accomplish a task, and ask for help when you need it
  3. If old traditions are now too difficult, create new traditions
  4. Pace yourself

And remember that while you’re learning to manage the holidays on a physical level, give yourself a break emotionally as well.

Don’t let depression seep in when you realize you are not able to do all that you once could.  Chronic arthritis is a new passage in life, so accept its limitations and be kind to yourself in the process.

Source: Carol Eustice about.com

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