The weeks and months are flying by, and inevitable progression has slowed down, and you don’t notice the victories as you did before. But overall I’m actually enjoying this hip, and I’m keeping myself on top of painkillers and hot water bottles. I’ll soon be at the hospital in Feb discussing the progress and the other hip. Looking forward to it really.
But as it’s the run up to the busiest time of year, I thought I’d share some self care tricks and hints that I use myself, to get through this festive period.
Accept you can’t do everything, and be flexible with plans. Say no when you need too, leave earlier or nap whenever possible. It’s hard to keep high energy, when just getting dressed wears you out. Hard to implement at first, but no one wants you to feel stressed out and more in pain, just because it’s Christmas.
Its better to stay on top of medication than let it wear out and pain peak, so you are chasing the relief. So I become more regular and consistent with my pain killers.
I have my comfort clothes, things without buttons (for my hands) and sweatpants for loosened around hips, and scars. Baggy snuggly jumpers for warmth. Not everyday has to be a fashion show, so be comfortable, it will help with pain levels.
4, Hot Water Bottles
My biggest win is a hot water bottle, it soothes most back aches, and hip pains, while warming me up overall which is a win for arthritis. Best Christmas presents ever to receive is a hot water bottle.
5, Tv, Movies
I watch a lot of tv, or movies when I’m really bad in pain and feel like I can’t do much. It distracts me, much like a favourite playlist of music can do too. Binge watch some series, your body and mind will love you for it.
I love a good soak in the bath, I will take my tablet to watch a good tv show (usually supernatural) and have a long soak in bubbles or a bath bomb. Use a sheet mask, or hair mask for an extra pamper treat. Be kind to yourself.
I vent, I blog, I journal so I can log my frustration out onto pages, and work through it. Sometimes it’s good to see what affects you and why it did, to see the pattern of change. I notice my moods and pain levels change with my menstrual cycle, and weather.
I know Christmas is exciting and lots to do, but really honestly don’t short change yourself of sleep. You may need it more than ever. Crowds and travelling always exhausts me more than I realise. So a good sleep will help.
I helped myself out a lot more this year, by buying online, and before December even started. As I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with the crowds, and the stress. Having it all delivered at home, meant less travelling, less people and ultimately less stress. So I find myself enjoying December more.
Try to enjoy the festive period, I do more now I released all the things that stressed me out, and I started to accept more assistance from others. Start meal prep on Christmas eve, wrap presents early, Enjoy nice food and stop the guilt train that we often impose on ourselves.