Holidays and traveling can also present a challenge because they are 1) stressful and 2) usually require additional physical demands over and above what you normally do. So to handle them there a few things you can do. Plan ahead! I try to gradually get ready for holidays by shopping in advance and if decorations and additional cooking are part of the holiday, schedule what you really want to do and need to do, and when and try not to over do it! Also, ask for help. To be honest, I am terrible with this one. I like to do it myself and learning to ask for help was really tough for me. I felt I was giving up some of my independence but...even if that is true...so what??? If you don't allow people to lend a hand you will actually loose even more of your independence over time. If you do not take care of yourself, prevent flares and ease pain, joint disability will result which is far more life changing. Get plenty of rest and take breaks. This is so important when routine is different because of traveling or holidays. The tendency to do too much is so inbred in most of us when it comes to traveling and holiday activities that it is really tough to make that change. But believe me, you will enjoy the trips and the holidays so much more if you follow these tips.
Cuddle with a loved one today and laugh!!!