Enjoying the Holidays with Hypermobility: Tips to Avoid Flare-ups

Holidays beckon gatherings and a break from routines, often prompting us to bring our best selves forward. But, when managing Holidays with Hypermobility, that may mean added challenges. No worries, though. We have the strategies to let the merriment ring while keeping symptoms at bay.

Feast Without the Flare

Holidays serve a banquet of our yearly food cravings. While indulging with loved ones is tempting, those with hypermobility might need extra caution.

  • Stick to wholesome meals: Prioritize fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats.
  • Keep inflammation at bay: Minimize intake of sugar, alcohol, lactose, and dairy.
  • Stay hydrated: Aim for 6 to 8 glasses of water daily.

Cooking Without the Aches

On kitchen duty for the holiday feast? Here’s how to cook up a storm without overtaxing yourself:

  • Opt for larger knives for efficient chopping.
  • Embrace kitchen gadgets: Think choppers, blenders, and stir sticks.
  • Use knuckles, not fingers, for appliance buttons.
  • Carry dishes with an open palm, relieving finger strain.

Navigating Surprise Holiday Plans

Unplanned festive activities might throw you off balance. But with a strategy in place, you can enjoy the spontaneity:

  • Upon entering, quickly survey seating arrangements. Advocate for your comfort.
  • Choose spots allowing movement or back support. Stay mobile to avoid getting stuck in uncomfortable postures.

Braving the Winter Cold

Cold weather can exacerbate Hypermobility symptoms. But, with some preparations, you can stay snug:

  • Layer up to fend off the cold.
  • Employ hand warmers inside gloves for extra warmth.
  • Combat extreme cold with warm showers or heating pads.
  • Drink plenty to counteract the cold’s dehydrating effects.

Meeting Family Expectations

Conversations about your Hypermobility condition can be exhausting. Make it easier:

  • Stay general and vague if the details feel too taxing.
  • For understanding loved ones, delve deeper but only share what you’re comfortable with.

Realistic Resolutions for the New Year

Setting achievable goals can foster a sense of accomplishment:

  • Prioritize self-love and care.
  • Regularly attend medical check-ups.
  • Focus on restful sleep.
  • Explore new hobbies.
  • Communicate openly about your challenges.

Decorate without the Strain

Putting up and taking down holiday decorations can strain hypermobile wrists. To counteract:

  • Consider wrist braces designed for carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Ensure a snug fit that offers solid support.
  • Avoid fully neoprene-made braces.

We can ensure that we have a fantastic holiday surrounded by those we love without worries by following these simple tips!

Don’t forget to let me know how it goes.

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About Kate

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Kate Skinner is a Doctor in Physical Therapy, co-founder of Great Divide Physical Therapy, and creator of Hypermobility Solution.

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