Moving House With Lupus
Moving house is an incredibly stressful experience, with or without lupus. Because of this, it can exacerbate your symptoms and it is important that you take it slowly and listen to your body.
Coincidentally, I am writing this article as I am getting ready to move rooms in my existing house, so I have compiled a list of tips and tricks to keep you feeling less stressed and your lupus under control.
Not everyone can afford this “luxury” (very sad that in today’s society, getting your body what it needs is a luxury, but I digress…), but if you can, it is very important to the moving process.
Resting beforehand will help you conserve your energy, so when the time comes to start moving your things, you will be ready and raring to go, instead of feeling sluggish and lazy. Additionally, for me, I am in much more pain if I do not have rest, so it is especially important for me to get in as much as possible.
Sectioning It Off and Dividing It Up
This is one of the few things that keep me from going insane when I am undertaking a big project. If you make plans to move a little bit each day, or one room at a time, it can seem far less stressful. Instead of saying “I am moving today,” which can further increase anxiety which will then increase symptoms, plan to do it over time.
Before the big day, prepare by going through boxes and sorting through things you need and don’t need so it isn’t all left to the last minute. You can even sort through things when you have spare moments in front of the television or with music on to make it less of a tedious task.
Sometimes, I find that writing down what I am doing when on a calendar in my phone or in hard copy makes things much easier to wrap my head around. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your house doesn’t have to be moved in a day, either!
Ask for Help
Know when it is too much to do on your own, and when you need to ask for help.
This can be difficult, especially for people like me who like it do it all on their own. But instead of being a “brave soldier,” ask for help if it seems to be too much.
Don’t, however, wait until the last minute to ask, when you’re already in crisis mode. Instead, ask family and friends several days in advance so that everyone will be on the same page. When people don’t have lupus, life can totally get in the way, so you’ll want to plan well in advance.
Take Your Medicine
This may sound like a no-brainer, but sometimes I forget to take my medication, which can make me even more tired or put me in more pain. Remind yourself on your phone or with an alarm if you have to, just don’t forget to take the medication.
And while we’re on the subject of medicine, be vigilant with your other painkillers and keep some non-steroid painkillers on hand for when your lupus joint pain acts up. Stress and overdoing it can lead to even more pain, so be sure you are well prepared.
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