What are you doing to practice self care during these high-stress times? Are you cooking more, building something, writing more, reading, walking, playing games? I'd love to hear about your creative self care outlets.
Are you an immunocompromised patient or caretaker seeking information about what to do with corona virus lingering over our communities? I was able to televisit with my Rheumatologist's office yesterday and wanted to share my findings. Some of these might be obvious, some not as much.
I’ve personally found yoga to be a God send in my RA treatment plan. Not only does it make my body stronger while increasing my energy levels, but it also calms my mind and picks up my spirits. Yoga is an emotional getaway for many people, especially those with chronic diseases. If you allow your practice to take over your mind and your body, you can truly escape to a place where pain and other negative feelings are non-existent… even if just for an hour.
Although there are some miracle prescription drugs on the market which can help curtail the crippling effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), there is still no cure for this chronic disease. No one knows exactly why some people end up permanently crippled while others can live somewhat normal lives with few minor adjustments. No matter the severity of the RA, we must continue balancing our lives to the best of our abilities. This means we must work, raise our kids, nurture romantic relationships, maintain friendships, deal with finances and go to school… Yes, all of the easy "normal people things" must still be managed while undergoing those ever annoying surprise RA flare-ups and constant pain.