The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means — family dinners, office parties and outings with friends. All great opportunities to catch up, share a few laughs and indulge in a few temptations. Seems harmless, right?
The truth is there’s nothing wrong with having some fun and treating yourself to a few holiday delights. However, for those of you living with nerve pain, the challenge to avoid any discomfort is still a reality.
Before you cancel your holiday plans, consider a few recommendations to maintain a healthy, pain-free season.
Walk After a Big Meal
After a delicious meal, grab the family and go for a walk. It doesn’t have to be long and it doesn’t have to be far. Get up and move the legs for a little bit. Walking is a great activity to get the heart pumping and blood circulating. The pain you feel with neuropathy is because there is minimal blood flow to the body. The more you move, the better. The best part is you don’t have to feel guilty for eating a larger than normal meal with just a few minutes of walking.
Stretch the Body
Relieve tingling or burning sensations by taking a few minutes a day to stretch. Give your body (hands, fingers, toes and feet) the care they deserve. Stretches can include, raising your hands above your head or in front of you, moving your feet up and down while sitting or reaching for your toes while standing. Try these for about 30 seconds each. Your body will tell you how far to push it.
Monitor Meal Portions
It can be tough to watch what you eat, especially this time of the season. The temptations are all around you from family gatherings, to work parties and a get together with friends. Try to eat what your body needs versus what it wants. The key is to focus on smart, healthy choices, such as gluten-free meals that won’t disrupt your nerve pain. If you give in to the cravings, remember to eater smaller portions and at a slower pace to avoid any allergic reactions or discomfort.
It may not sound like fun now, but doing a few cardio exercises over the holiday break will help you in the long-run. Give yourself the chance to experience heart-pumping action with a bike ride. This can be a stationary bike at home. Or explore a water aerobics class for less pressure on the feet, but beneficial to your heart. It doesn’t matter how often you stay active, what matters is that you stay active in general.
Check on Your Feet
Make it a daily routine to check your feet for blisters or sores. The more you walk, run or stay active, your feet can weigh heavy with pain. It’s important to give your feet the proper support they need by wearing the correct shoes and socks. Try to wear socks that absorb moisture while moving. Remember, prevention is key.
The extent to how far you can push it, depends solely on your body. Always listen and be mindful to how your body feels during and after various activities. Consult your physician prior to any new physical regimen.
Let’s not forget the holidays are a time to celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. Give thanks for every step you take this season.