It’s that time of year again, the part of the year that I love, all the pretty colours, constant soup making and an excuse to snuggle up on the sofa in the evenings. But, sadly my arthritis can make it a painful time of year, sometimes putting a dampener on things. However, over the years I’ve really learnt how to cope with it and I thought I would share my tips to keep happy during winter with chronic joint pain (if you have lupus or any other chronic illness these tips may also help). To be honest these tips might keep you happy even if you aren’t affected by an illness!
Hot water bottles are ESSENTIAL, whether you suffer from a chronic illness or not. Great for keeping your sore joints warm (I find cold makes the pain worse), for hugging and just general warmth during the winter!
Cardigans, socks, leggings… Simple to put on layers of clothing that you can wear to cover the sorest joints. Also go for things that don’t hurt to put on/take off (jumpers are the devil to wear when I can’t lift my arms). I tend to live in cardigans when I’m relaxing/slobbing round the house to try to keep my elbows warm (my most affected joints by far).
Stock up on pain killers. Well duh?! Obviously only take the recommended dose from the packet/your doctor and when mixing painkillers seek medical advice to make sure you can take them together.
Keep active. Well, it might be hard if you’re in lots of pain or if the weather is particularly wintery. But generally keeping your joints moving will stop them from seizing up and reducing pain. So wrap up warm and go for a gentle walk 🙂
Duvets. We have one that lives on the sofa, if I’m feeling crap I simply make camp there instead. This takes me on to my next point…
Rest. Lots of it. Appreciate your body needs to heal and look after yourself 🙂
I really do hope these tips help so you can get out and enjoy your winter more regardless of your pesky joints!
P.S. I have written more tips about fatigue here at Arthur’s Place!