Finding the Holiday Spirit with RA
Sometimes it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit when you’re achy and stiff from rheumatoid arthritis. I admit that this year is a little tough for me because I’ve been flaring and generally having a hard time with my illness.
While I’m working on trying to feel better (exercise, rest, and planning a change in medication), I still want to rouse myself to enjoy the season. This is a time of year when I enjoy listening to holiday music, watching TV specials, going to concerts, shopping for gifts, decorating our home, planning family visits, and enjoying delicious treats. Even though I don’t feel as well as I would like, I still want to celebrate the holiday and feel the good cheer.
Here’s some things I’m planning to do during the holidays that will help me enjoy the season while also taking care of my RA:
- Take lots of breaks and naps. One thing I love to do (no matter the time of year) is take naps. My weekend naps are famously long and I intend to keep up the napping pace over the holidays. It can be a busy time of year, but taking breaks and getting plenty of rest will help me both with my RA and maintaining my energy.
- Listen to my favorite holiday tunes. I may feel achy and tired from my RA, but I can still listen to holiday music! It’s magic—no matter how bad I may be feeling, some Christmas tunes always cheer me up and get me in the spirit for celebrating. I wait all year to pull out those albums and keep them playing on repeat. Even on a rough flare day, I can rest and enjoy some lovely music.
If you enjoy the holiday season, remember to not let RA interfere with your celebrations. Take care of yourself, pace yourself, and indulge in the small and large joys that make the holidays a special time of year. It’s when you can enjoy time with your favorite people and count your blessings.
How often you do experience an unexpected boost of energy?