Travelling can be very tiring for arthritis sufferers. In addition, sitting for long periods in cramped spaces, such as a car, can really cause a lot of stiffness and sore muscles. This can lead to sleepless nights and even more fatigue. So, it is much better for arthritis sufferers to stay home or close to home if at all possible.
If you must travel, however, probably taking a train or plane would be best. Try to avoid driving and sitting for many hours in a car. No matter how comfortable your car seat is, if you spend five to eight hours a day in a car, you will aggravate your back and hip muscles. Your circulation will also suffer and you will feel very tired and riddled with pain. This will negatively impact your holiday celebrations.
If you must drive, however, here are a few tips to ensure that you pace yourself and not end up with a lot of pain and possibly sleeplessness when you arrive at your destination.
1. Plan to be in the car no more than four hours a day. So, give yourself a lot of time to get to your destination.
2. Don’t spend more than an hour at a time driving. Then take a break and stretch your legs and back. Make sure that your break is long enough for you to have rest and go for a short walk.
3. Drive for another hour or fifty minutes and stop and have a coffee. Make sure you are out of the car and a seating position for at least 20 minutes. Then resume driving.
4. Drive for another hour. Then take a longer break. Make sure that you are out of the car for at least 45 minutes to an hour and that you can stretch and take a walk.
5. Drive for your final hour. Then it is time to break for the day. Make sure that you stretch your back, take a longer walk and rest for the remainder of the day. You may also want to take a long bath.
By taking these steps, you will be proactively carving out some boundaries around sitting. This will help you to feel better as well and arrive at your destination in less pain.
Also remember to take your time and enjoy the ride. The holidays are for your enjoyment. Make a decision to pace yourself, take your time, and cultivate happiness and peace.
By taking these steps, you will be enjoying the holidays whether you stay home or are on the road. If you pace yourself and take the proper precautions, it really doesn’t matter where you are and what you do. You will enjoy yourself regardless.