The holidays are meant to be enjoyed by all of us. If you’re someone who is living with chronic pain, you’re likely worried about feeling left out of seasonal group activities. But worry not: there are a variety of ways you can participate in the festivities with friends and loved ones while managing your pain at the same time. Let’s look at 5 fall activities that allow you to pace yourself as you enjoy the holidays with chronic pain.
Explore a pumpkin patch
Going to your local pumpkin patch is a fun way to get out and be in the holiday spirit. Look for pumpkin patches in your area that feature activities such as corn mazes and hayrides to add an extra special holiday feel. Or look for pumpkin patches that feature particularly festive backdrops for an impromptu photoshoot with your friends. Who knows – you may even find one that serves hot chocolate!
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Hold a pumpkin decorating contest
Pumpkin carving may not be something that you can do without struggling with pain, but decorating a pumpkin is a different story. There are many different ways you can have your pumpkin ready for the holidays without cramping your hand in the process, including painting, stickers and face craft kits. Invite your friends over and have a decorating party with the winner earning a place on your front porch as the main attraction. The camaraderie and fun are sure to help you enjoy the holidays with chronic pain.
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Enjoy a scenic drive
All year long we’re in a rush to get from point A to point B. But this time of year is about slowing down to appreciate all we have that makes us grateful. Take a drive with your loved ones on a particularly scenic route in your area. Take photos of all that nature has to offer this time of year that you usually pass by. Enjoy the twinkling lights and decorations that neighbors in your area have waited anxiously all year to put up. Explore a part of town you don’t get to visit often. Make time on your calendar to relish being in the great outdoors and with the people you care about.