The holidays. They are supposed to be a time of celebration and reflection, but for someone with fibromyalgia or arthritis, they can also be a painful time. Cooking and cleaning and decorating and shopping - all the hustle and bustle. And stress.
For "normal" people, it is stressful enough; when you are dealing with chronic pain, the stress can exacerbate the problems. The pain can make it near impossible to enjoy Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's, etc. So what can be done to make it less stressful and, therefore, ease pain?
Holiday celebrations do not need to be the way they always used to be. Coco Chanel once said, "Before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory." Well, change that to "Remove one thing from your traditions."