Loving Yourself During a Flare
When an RA flare sets in, some people report being super hard on themselves or feelings of guilt. Why? Flares can make it almost near impossible to get daily tasks done, making it hard to feel productive.
Your favorite self-care stories and tips were amazing! We wanted to share as many as possible!
Self-care during an RA flare
Taking it easy: the chores can wait
“When I’m flaring, I take the easy way out as much as possible! Food is a great example: frozen waffles or cereal are okay for any meal. Takeout is ordered as long as it fits the budget. I use prepackaged snack bags for my son’s preschool snacks. And I don’t let myself feel guilty about any of it.”“Ask for help, I do from my husband. Let the laundry sit an extra day or don’t dust. Whatever you need to do to take care of yourself for a bit.”“I knit. It relaxes me and takes my mind away from the pain as much as possible. It also has the benefit of keeping my fingers and wrist moving and lessens the pain in them.”“I either just sit in the quiet for hours or listen to music and color. Depends how bad the flare is and where.” “Bath!! I bought my house for the tub that was in it (Jacuzzi) and when I’m flaring, it’s the best thing in the world!”“A good movie or music, a soft blanket, comfy clothes, are definitely key for me, and having loved ones and friends close to keep me motivated and smiling.”“I spend as much time in a heated pool that I can. Something about the low gravity seems to loosen my joints. I also plan ahead for flares and make big batches of soups that I freeze flat in freezer bags in individual portions. I just reheat on flare days.”“Just a little me time and relaxation goes a long way.”
Have you reclaimed what RA has tried to take away?