Don’t let your pain become the main attraction this Fourth of July! After all, it’s the firework show that should take center stage.
This holiday prepare yourself and family to manage your nerve pain successfully. Before you panic and think “I can’t enjoy the day,” remember, little modifications here and there can make a difference.
Consider the following tips as you prepare to embark on this year’s celebrations.
Prepare Your Favorite Dish
Don’t be afraid to cook up a favorite dish or two to share with friends and family. It’s important that you are able to enjoy the pleasures of the holiday with delicious meals that won’t interrupt the party! You may want to try a delicious veggie wrap and hummus or a protein bean burger. For those on a gluten-free diet, you may want to replace the bun with lettuce.
Ask About Food Ingredients
If you’re sensitive to certain spices and seasonings, ask your host what’s in the dish. It’s better to be safe than sorry. The goal is to avoid any discomfort or pain. Gluten-free individuals are encouraged to avoid dressings, sauces, breads and pastas. If you’re bold enough to try something new, be sure to take a small sample at first.
Whether you’re going to the park or spending the day at your family’s house for a backyard barbeque, it’s important to dress for the occasion — comfortably. Be sure you are wearing clothes and shoes that give you the most comfort and protection when standing or walking. Get up and move around every once in a while, and be sure to have someone help you when needed.
Protect yourself from the summer heat by avoiding the sun and drinking plenty of water. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can affect many individuals following a long duration in the sun. Apply sunblock as needed and stay cool in the shade.
Don’t Play with Fireworks
This seems silly, I know. But, it’s important to avoid sparks of heat on the skin — in particular the arms and hands — when around sparklers and fireworks. The goal is to avoid any flare ups with your nerve pain. Instead, sit back and enjoy the show without the worry of getting hurt.
Be safe and have fun this Fourth of July! Enjoy every moment with your friends and family.