Time to rest and enjoy the season to release stress when managing rheumatoid arthritis
The time is now to rest and enjoy the season remembering 4 Beliefs on Christmas Eve.

4 Beliefs on Christmas Eve

All month has been spent preparing for and celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.  It is certainly a festive and fun time of the year.  It’s a perfect time to reconnect with those important to us.  The holidays are full of tradition and literally brighten the shortened daytime hours.

Today is Christmas Eve and I have adopted 4 beliefs, or mottos, for this day since my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis.  These beliefs help to better manage the disease.  It is a time of enormous expectations and my lifestyle had to change because of my RA.  In many ways it is a better lifestyle than before because I am taking better care of myself.  Here are 4 ways I’m doing so today.

  1. What isn’t done by now wasn’t that important after all.  I love this motto because it allows me to simply enjoy the Christmas lights and all I have done to prepare up until now.  It also allows me to enjoy my family and what is really the reason for the season.
  2. Release your inner child.  Go ahead and recall your childhood memories and indulge your imagination.  I’m remembering all sorts of memories, especially since losing my mother last summer.
  3. Have an attitude of gratitude.   This time of year causes me to think more acutely of all I have to be thankful for.  Relationships, provisions, and even with RA I am thankful for all the parts of my body that do work well.
  4. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep tonight.   I have found even happy stress is stress on my body.  All the excitement and anticipation takes a toll on my joints.  I need to purpose to counter that stress as much as possible and getting the proper amount of sleep is critical.

With my 4 beliefs on Christmas Eve I wish you all a very happy day.  And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!

XXOO Cathy

photo credit: Marina Khrapova from Unsplash

 

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XXOO

Cathy from Arthritis Wisdom

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