LYMPHEDEMA & THE HOLIDAYS – STRESS?
The holiday season can be challenging for all of us, but when we are living with a chronic disease it can be even more difficult. Lymphedema presents its own challenges especially at this busy time of year. The Compression Closet has come up with a few tips and tricks to help you manage this holiday season with a little more ease and grace.
TRAVELING WITH LYMPHEDEMA DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Traveling with lymphedema presents the problem of non-movement for long periods of time. The lymphatic system needs some type of movement in order to function properly. So when traveling keep in mind these tips!
- If traveling by car, make frequent stops to stretch and walk around, moving your body and your lymph.
- If traveling by train or plane, try to move about the cabin frequently if possible.
- If you are unable to stop or move around the cabin, pump your ankles frequently or even practice your deep breathing in order to get your lymph flowing.
- Wear loose, nonrestrictive clothing to prevent restriction of lymph flow.
- Be sure to wear your compression garments when traveling.
LYMPHEDEMA & THOSE HOLIDAY GOODIE
Oh how can we resist all those holiday goodies that we know are not good for us? Be kind to yourself and instead of an all or nothing kind of approach, how about moderation and best choices?
- Minimize diuretics such as alcohol and beverages with caffeine in them.
- Limit salty foods.
- Make sure you are well hydrated to help flush toxins from your body.
- Limit your sweets and carbohydrates, but don’t deny yourself completely.
- Practice moderation in all things so that you can more fully enjoy your holidays.
Although the holidays are a busy time of year and can add a great deal to our to-do list, it’s important to keep to your exercise schedule. Consider incorporating the following into your routine:
- A walk after dinner is a nice way to relax and help you digest your food.
- A little yoga after shopping to ease your muscles and calm your mind from the hectic pace.
- Swimming is always such a good exercise for lymphedema at any time of year.
- Simple stretching along with deep breathing can ease stress and tension.
- Even building a snowman if weather permits gives you fresh air, exercise and fun! Movement is key, but be sure not to overdo it.
PLANNING AHEAD FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Whether traveling or hosting for the holidays, a little planning ahead can make your holiday more enjoyable and safer.
- Schedule in time to rest and put your feet up. Naps are healthy!
- Don’t forget to breathe! Deep diaphragmatic breathing reduces stress and moves lymph.
- Plan your holiday meal with plenty of healthy choices and don’t limit your selection.
- Bring your own dishes if need be so that you are sure to have some healthy choices.
- Don’t add stress by waiting until the last minute to get it all done. Be kind to yourself!
WISHING YOU THE HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS
AND THE HEALTHIEST NEW YEAR!
During this holiday season be sure to take time for yourself. Self care is not selfish, it is essential for your healthcare.
Disclaimer – This blog, Lymphedema & the Holidays: 20 Survival Tips, is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.