#ChronicChristmas #4: Take a Walk
Is it cold out? Is it raining? Better yet, is it snowing?
Take a walk, bring an umbrella if there is wet stuff coming from above. Moving get you out of your head and into your body, and that’s a good thing when you have a chronic illness. It helps you connect the two and find out that they actually do work together, even if there are the occasional (or daily) hiccups of chronic illness.
Moving outside get you some fresh air (yes, even in the big cities) and most importantly, gets you out of the house. Look! There are other people in the world, your neighbours have put up lights, and there are Christmas trees lined up in front of the stores — inhale that wonderful scent of pine as deeply as you can.
Well, perhaps not if you have bad asthma, but I trust you to adjust as needed.
Make your walk long or short, whatever feels good to you, and then go home to curl your hands around a warm cup of tea. Or a cold glass of iced tea, if you live in the southern hemisphere. And feel the spirit of the season settle in.
#ChronicChristmas is an Advent calendar of tips for a sane holiday season with a chronic illness. Check back tomorrow for the next tip. To see all the posts in the series, click the #ChronicChristmas label below this post.