It’s Arthritis Awareness Month! This month I am challenging you to take a little time each day and practice better self-care. Each day in May, I plan to share one simple way you can show yourself some love and appreciation.
On May 1st, I posted Self-Care with a Chronic Illness: Holding Each Other Accountable. I asked how often you ask your friends and family, “What are you doing for self-care?” So, I had to ask those in my self-care community.
Today, I checked in with my friend Rick from RADiabetes. I met Rick at HealtheVoices two years ago and we both participate in Joint Decisions. Rick is someone who does a lot for both the rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes community so I wanted to make sure he is taking care of himself too.
Choices. I love that Rick has a variety of self-care options ready to go!
1. Ride my bicycle. Nothing beats the wind blowing in my, well ok, I used to have hair.
2. Focus on someone else. When I am not feeling so good I strive to remember to help someone else.
3. Read a great blog. The authors in our community are amazing. I love catching up.
4. Remember to laugh. If I am. It laughing out loud then something is wrong. Nothing beats a loud laugh to make my life better.
5. Slow down. Most issues that cause me to lose self care involve being too busy. Making time Makes me feel better.
6. Do something silly. I wear crazy bandages to cover up my diabetes devices. My current passion is a blue shark, but dinosaurs and puppy dogs also find their way to my body occasionally.
7. Play cars with my grandchildren. My grandsons love to wreck hot wheel cars, so do I.
8. Join a tea party. My granddaughters love to serve steaming pretend tea and cookies to the adults. It’s the zero calorie way to have a good smile.
9. Read. Learning and growing gives me hope that I am not yet obsolete.
10. Go to a movie with my wife. We love good movies and the popcorn smells are free.
11. Admit to Sheryl I feel bad. Her arms around me have always made my world better.
*Stay tuned to RADiabetes in September when Rick sponsors RABlog Week. It is a great way to connect with others whether you have a blog or not.