Spoonie Tips for Surviving Fall/Winter
Hi everyone, I hope you all have a great weekend. Today’s post is going to be a little bit different, but it still stays within the topics that I talk about on my blog. I admit that as much as I love this time of year, as the season starts to turn more towards winter it gets a little hard for me. The cold weather makes me ache and the lack of sun just about drains me. You may be thinking to yourself, “But why do you love it?” This time of year lets me create my own sunshine. I find ways to keep myself busy and most importantly healthy.
Now, this is not to say that I don’t still have bad days. I do, just like everyone else. But I try my best to work through them and remember that tomorrow is another day. So today I’ll be taking you through my top tips for surviving fall/winter. I hope you all enjoy and let me know in the comments what helps you get through this time of year.
Use a Weekly Pill Organizer
This may sound like a weird tip, but I just started doing this and I’ve found that it’s helped me so much. If you’re a Spoonie, or if you deal with any sort of health condition like me, you probably take a lot of medication. I’d noticed that I’d gotten really lazy about taking my medicine at night. Sometimes it can be a chore to huddle up all of the pill bottles and get the right dosage of medication.
So each week I’ll set aside time to refill it and it makes my life so much easier. I really like this pill organizer because the capsules come out. I’ll set aside the one I need for that day on my nightstand to remind myself to take it before I go to sleep.
Wake Alarm Clock App
As some have already learned by now, I like to sleep. Not only do I like to sleep, but I’m the worst person to wake up. I admit that I am not a morning person. I’m always really achy when I first wake up and it’s only after I’ve had a cup of coffee and a shower that I start feeling somewhat normal.
I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I don’t think that I will ever try another one. I’m not going to lie and say I don’t still hit the snooze button sometimes, I do. But you have just enough physical interaction with the app to turn your alarm off that it makes waking up a little bit easier.
Stay Hydrated the Right Way
Thursday, I wasn’t feeling the best. I was nauseated for the majority of the day and besides taking one of my nausea pills, I had a whole lot of Canada Dry Ginger Ale to help settle my stomach. I won’t say how much, but it was quite a bit. The occasional soda is fine, but it made me think with flu season upon us, and the air getting so cold and dry now is the time to stay hydrated. I’m making a goal to drink more water and cut down on the sugary drinks.
Dress At Least Five Degrees Warmer Than the Temperature
My sister always says that being a meteorologist is the only profession where you get to lie constantly and keep your job. She was slightly joking when she said that but the point still counts. My fibromyalgia doesn’t act up in the warmer months as much as it is now. When I get cold it seems like it takes forever to get warm and I’ll spend the rest of the day huddled underneath a blanket.
So as an example, Monday it’s supposed to be 66 degrees. There’s 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Factoring all of this in, I’ll dress like it’s 60 degrees outside that way I know I’m warm. It may not seem like much, but a scarf or a hat can make a big difference against a wind chill.
Create Your Own Sunshine
My mom likes to do this by turning on a bunch of lamps in the apartment. She says if the sun isn’t outside than she’ll create it inside. Another way to do this is by making life fascinating. Just because we have ordinary responsibilities to take care of does not mean they have to feel that way.
As an example, say it’s time for your weekly grocery shopping. Each time you go to the grocery store, you take the same route. You’ve gotten so used to driving in this direction that you barely notice what you drive by. This next time, pay attention to your surroundings. You just may discover a new store or what could potentially be your favorite restaurant. Make time for adventure and discovery.
What tips do you have for fall/winter? Let me know in the comments below.