A Winning Strategy for the RA Lifestyle is to Schedule a Weekend Getaway to Rejuvenate the Weary Body!
Six Winning Points For Your Weekend Getaway
I’d like to share six winning points for your weekend getaway I recently used when planning a football game weekend.
There is nothing like leaving it all behind and switching up my day-to-day routine in order to rest those sore joints and weary bones. Just getting away from all that shouts at me for attention is therapeutic. I’m talking about the perpetual projects that go along with living and trying to keep up while dealing with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Organizing closets, raking leaves, cleaning out the flower beds in addition to the usual laundry, grocery shopping, and meal preparation. I need times of refreshment periodically to keep a positive frame of mind while managing my RA.
My husband and I make an annual trip to watch a football game on his college campus. It is a weekend I look forward to because we just get away and relax. We could go less than 10 miles from our home to a nearby lake with rustic cabins for our rest and rejuvenation, but this time we are going to a football game. The weekend getaway doesn’t require going far or spending a lot of money. The only requirement is getting out of the normal element!
HAVE A NICE WEEKEND!
Keeping the plans and preparation as simple as possible is point number one. For example, this was a weekend to go to a football game. Although we went through a major city with fabulous shopping centers, I did not even think of stopping to shop. That would never have happened before my RA diagnosis.
- Point Number Two is to plan where you will stop to stretch if you are traveling a distance. I try to stop every two hours to move around. Otherwise, my joints get stiff. They may even swell and hurt more. Sometimes I do a few stretching exercises or take a short walk. I gauge how I’m feeling. I just look at the map and plan where to stop off.
- Point Number Three is to stay hydrated. I want to keep those joints cushioned! Bring a cooler full of ice and water bottles.
- Point Number Four is to plan your meals. I use Google a lot. I look at menus and make sure we can eat food that is healthy. I have a pretty good idea what would potentially cause problems with inflammation and plan accordingly. If it doesn’t look like a restaurant offering healthy options will be available, I can bring a cooler with fruits, veggies, and a sandwich. We can stop at a rest stop to stretch and relax while we eat! Personally, I stay away from sweets while traveling. Added sugar just makes me feel icky.
- Point Number Five is to plan ahead to ensure a restful sleep. I have a favorite hotel chain that has beds and pillows that are comfortable for our family. I need at least 3 pillows. I also make sure to allow for a good 8 hours of sleep.
- Point Number Six is to get away with someone or individuals that understand the need to take a rest, find water, or alter plans to accommodate the disease without making it a big deal. We can do our best to think through what will work, but sometimes reality is a different story. Surround yourself with flexible people!
And don’t forget to have a wonderful time! Changing our environment can give us renewed perspective, rest our body and put us in a good frame of mind. This is important for anyone, but for those of us with RA, it is especially important. And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!
These are my six points for your getaway weekend. I’d love to hear your suggestions!
Take good care. XXOO Cathy