I think it's important that we don't give up the things that give us joy, to the extent that we can still do them (I don't recommend hang-gliding...but I am afraid of heights). I make candles as a hobby, read, etc. but currently am not ready to take up new hobbies until I can do the things I used to do.
It's possible that I must adjust some of the "way" I did things so that I can continue in the things I already like before taking on something new. It is important to keep busy...busy mind means less time to "wallow".
I think doing things that use our hands help some with the joint pain, but always be aware not to over-do. I also know, from AnnA. that swimming and other non-impact exercise can be very therapeutic, so that may be an option.
I used to love to cook, so when I have some enerygy and my hands aren't killing me I do as much as I can with the thought that whatever I cook can be frozen for the days I can't cook.
I have started using those silly "fat" sponge pen wraps that allow me to write without having to hold a small, skinny object.
I have "mapped" my grocery store and plan my route before hand.
I try to schedule up to 2 doc appts. close in proximaty but not overly long.
I have my husband open jars (pickles, juice, etc) when he is home, so that I don't have to when he is not.
These are just a few of the adaptations I have made so that things stay as normal as possible.
Hope some of these are helpful,
Island Girl said:
Spending time in my jewelry studio relaxes and calms me, which helps. I've never been a napper, mostly because if I do fall asleep, I take so long to wake back up, it's usually not worth it. I just try to go to bed earlier or sleep in later the next morning. Rest plays a HUGE role in how I feel! I know I need to get back to exercising, but have just been putting it off. The last few times I tried to start back up, I was so disgusted with my pain I gave up...it made me more angry than helped. It's time to try again though.
Thanks to everyone for their suggestions...I plan to try some of them.