SAA’s Helpful Hints: Community Wisdom – Practicing Self- Care

By Spondylitis Association of America

Monday, April 29, 2019

Helpful Hints is a recurring feature, aimed at sharing our community’s knowledge and experiences. Taking time for self-care is essential to our mental and physical well-being. In this installment, we asked our online community, “Do you practice self-care? What do you do to treat yourself?" We share a sample of responses with our thanks. We hope you find them helpful!

By doing warm water Ai Chi and Yin Yoga. Both focus on light stretching and deep breathing.
~Rick M.
I have recently started to take a Tai Chi Class twice a week. Ride the NuStep twice a week for Thirty minutes and a therapy in a warm water pool once a week.
~Lila De P.
I take mental health days off work periodically to rest or pamper myself with a pedicure or massage.
~Minionette W.
Yoga has helped me physically and mentally - good stretching to keep mobility as long as I can - and in my frustration with the limitations of my body, I can push myself and surprise myself with what this old body can do.
~Laura G.
Reading (kindle for bad arthritis days) long hot showers paper crafting petting fur babies.
~@willingtofight4
Self-care hacks (jokes) for spondylitis & chronic disease: 1) Schedule a REALLY busy week. Cancel 1/2 of it on Sunday night. 2) Leave the dishes until they get moldy. Invite someone over to clean them. 3) Call out sick to all Dr.'s on appointment day. Ask for sick pay.
~@BeingCharisBlog
Pizza and ice-cream for me...but that doesn’t require a flare! Massage is very helpful, as is getting out and moving. I like walking-my dr. wants me to like swimming. And shopping. Always shopping.
~@kmcornelius33
I indulge in daily exercise, stretching walking, cycling, rowing, because if I don’t, I feel awful.
~@BeacherMichael
Long hot showers. Video games. And a nice walk with no kids in tow.
~@walkasone_org
A hot shower, medicinal teas, a spa wrap, and walks in nature. Also, classical and ambient music, and frequency meditations that promote healing.
~@eeahrend
I have a scheduled massage and chiropractic time. I also participated in meditation, stretching and reading.
~@msscounselor
Love this question! I find spending time with family and friends helpful. I love my book club group. I like to run off to see a movie. go to religious service or study session. some of this is the balance issue for me. Self-care also means balancing exercise, diet, rest, etc.
~@RichAHoward
It comes in many shapes and forms, but if you can't take care of yourself, how can you take care of anybody else?
~@KealieMardell
Pilates and massage.
~@YamunaBody
I have worked hard to combat brain fog, because I missed reading. In the last month I’ve read three books. 2 on nutrition and one for fun.
~ comeback_claudia
Going to the forest o play with my dog. Even if I can’t walk then I drive there. And I just throw the ball over and over. Being in the nature makes me feel so good. Me time is also a nap in the afternoon. A good book. And fun things on Netflix.
~ zaz_eliz
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