As September is Self-Care Awareness Month, it’s a good time to reflect upon how the few moments we take for ourselves can impact our chronic joint pain for the better. One thing to know about self-care is that it is what you make of it. There are no set rules or time limits, and it involves whatever you find helps alleviate stiffness in your hands, knees, or other joints.
When it’s time to step away from a stressful situation, even a few minutes of self-care makes a difference. Methods that may work in relieving your joints include:
A short, leisurely walk. A selection of yoga poses. A few laps around the pool. Exercise lubricates the joints and promotes improved flexibility. It isn’t necessary to act as though you’re training for a marathon. Go at your own pace and be sure to stretch your muscles prior to any workout.
Meditation can not only raise your self-awareness and help you sleep better at night, it may also improve your tolerance for pain. People who meditate regularly may also face stressful situations with more focus and solve problems in a timely manner. Five minutes a day in a quiet place, focusing on your breathing and relaxing, works wonders for those in need of self-care.
Stepping Away From Stress
This may be easier said than done for some people, but you can approach this method by recognizing what you can control. If recent news and social media are the culprits, power down your devices for a time and focus on more relaxing activities. Read from a favorite book, do a crossword puzzle, or engage in another hobby you enjoy. Focus on yourself and let what causes worry alone for another time.
Self-care eases the mind and body when you require rest. For complete care of your chronic joint pain, the help of expert physicians and physical therapists at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists may benefit you. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures and contact us today with your questions and to schedule an appointment.