Five tips to help you ease into Easter

A couple in the countryside walking and looking at scenery.

Holiday times can be a hectic time which take a toll on our physical and mental health. From speaking to people with arthritis, we know that you’ll sometimes cancel plans or avoid social occasions all together, due to pain, fatigue and accessibility issues.

From pacing yourself to sharing the load, here’s some suggestions to help you ease into Easter. If you have any tips you want to share on how you’ll be making the most of Easter break, why not share them on Twitter and Facebook.

Striking a balance

Having activities in your diary can give you something to look forward to. It can also help you plan your time, especially if your condition causes fatigue. It’s good to have space put aside to do things you enjoy.

If you do need to say no to social events, that is ok too.

“Sometimes I’ve had to make excuses to my friends as to why I can’t go out with them. It’s hard to explain that I just physically can’t do it anymore. Even though they are my friends, I still feel like some people don’t really understand how bad arthritis can be and how it can actually affect people.”

Jasmine, 19, who has Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Pace yourself

If you have activities you want to do with the children, like Easter egg hunts, make sure there are places you can sit down and take rests.

If you’re in a lot of pain and can’t get out easily, you could ask friends and family to come to you instead.

Remember, acknowledging your fatigue is not a sign of weakness. Conserve your energy for the things that matter to you and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Sharing the load

If you’re cooking, break tasks down into manageable parts and do it in short bursts.

Get help with making the Easter Sunday lunch. People like to help – so let them.

If you have a group of friends, you could ask them to bring a course each and you get to try different dishes.

Also, it’s ok to cheat and buy ready prepared vegetables and desserts, rather than making things from scratch. That way you can spend more time together.

Enjoy your Easter

Remember to relax and enjoy the long weekend, things don’t need to be perfect it is spending time together that counts.

We’re here too

We’re here to help whenever you need us. Check out our free helpline, or the local support groups we run bringing people together across the country. Find out more about our services and support.