Some days go better than others. This is especially true when one lives with arthritis or another type of joint pain. Some days, despite better efforts to keep your affected joints flexible and lubricated, you may find it’s not worth the trouble to continue. This is okay. Everybody has an off day, and we are all entitled to step back and regroup.
September is Self-Care Awareness Month, a time to recognize that we can’t and don’t necessarily have to stay on the go seven days a week. Devoting time to rest and other leisure activities to help take your mind off joint stiffness and discomfort may benefit you in the long run, in terms of your physical and mental well-being.
What are your favorite hobbies and pastimes? Engage in what you enjoy and incorporate your self-care into your joint pain management. If you need a few ideas, here are a few suggestions to help brighten your September.
- Indulge in a massage – Massages can help release tension and rid the body of toxins. They are also good for circulation, which aids the joints.
- Recruit others to help – When chores need finished, enlist the family to help out and reduce your task list. Get takeout for dinner, and arrange for deliveries of groceries and other items you need.
- Invest in helpful aids – On days when it feels like a struggle to open a jar, it helps to have simple household items to take away the stress. Buy rubber grips for pencils and bottles, and use a cane or walking stick to improve mobility if necessary.
- Take time out – Can you spare an hour? Put away your phone, don’t answer email, and use the time to meditate or collect your thoughts. Listen to music, go for a walk, and make the hour all about you.
- Make an appointment – When the pain reaches a point that the bad days begin to stack up, it may be time to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to learn your options. Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists offers minimally invasive procedures designed to improve your quality of life.
Contact us today to learn more about out how we can help you.