Hobbies – Hobbies are healthy or maybe they are not? What is your hobby and how does it help you with your autoimmune conditions? If you do not have a hobby imagine a great hobby for a person dealing with RA.
Honestly, I used to have more hobbies prior to getting diagnosed. I used to travel, worked out, spent tons of time at the beach, dinners in the city, and shopping. My favorite hobby was shopping. I loved going to malls. Loved the challenge of finding the best deals. Loved it all. Sadly, I haven’t been to a mall in over 3 or maybe 4 years. Walking in malls is just too difficult when you combine it with carrying bags, trying on clothing, etc. Plus, the cost of all my medical expenses (and Georgia’s) puts a huge crimp on my ability to spend money. Now all my funds go to prescriptions, ace bandages, joint braces, pain relieving gels, gadgets, and clothing without buttons and zippers…..and let’s not forget all the complementary therapies like physical therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. It’s really expensive to be sick.
I’m fairly sedentary now and that makes me sad. Swelling and pain make it too difficult to do anything that requires energy or physical stamina. My hobbies now include anything I can do from my couch: reading (my kindle is my BFF), blogging, and online shopping. Every once in a while I do leave the couch to do advocacy work in person, but I’m finding it harder to do that while I am still working full time.
I don’t know what the perfect hobby would be for someone with RA. Whatever it is, it needs to make you happy. Live in chronic pain is not fun. Do things that give you as much bliss as possible.
I’m proud to be a part of the 3rd annual RA Blog week! Check out today’s other blogs about hobbies here: http://radiabetes.com/blog_week17/day4.html