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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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