Winter is well underway! While cooler weather and snow activities are the stuff many dream of, for some women suffering from the symptoms of uterine fibroids, the cold can exacerbate chronic pain to the point of forcing them into being nearly housebound.
While it may be “easier” to remain close to home insofar as managing heavy bleeding is concerned, a healthy balance must be found, as social interaction is a vital factor toward good mental health.
What’s a woman to do when faced with what potentially appears to be a lose-lose situation? Do what women have done for millennia… get creative. Choose one or any combination of the suggestions below, or use them as a jump-off point for your own creativity.
Stay Warm – on the Go
If heat is what you need, take it with you. Today numerous products exist on the market, aside from that trusty old hot water bottle, ready to accommodate a variety of low-key adventures. From plug-in heating pads to single-use heating patches, reusable gel packs and even heating belts, a wealth of options exists. Figure out what works for you and stock up. While you may not be up to skiing or ice skating, keeping the “keep warm” box ticked does expand the list of options for sociability outside your home.
Be the Host
If it’s not only the cold, but also heavy bleeding that is getting you down – and for a certain percentage of women, even the best laid bleeding management plans are still not good enough – make your home the seat of sociability. If you can’t go to the party – bring the party to you!
Here are some ideas:
There’s something very special in having a spa night with the girls. Invite over a few friends and follow our tips to make this a great evening that gives a marvelous feminine boost.
Put some comfy mats on the floor, find a YouTube on your own level and give yoga a try. Aside from fun with the gang, this event has the added bonus of perhaps even helping deal with the chronic pain you may be experiencing as a symptom of uterine fibroids.
Dealing with Food
If you’re shaking your head, saying “No, I can’t host,” let’s think about why. 9 times out of 10, it’s providing the food that seems overwhelming. And if you’re the host, the food is your responsibility, no?
Don’t let food fear prevent your being “the hostess with the mostest.” Here are three ways to get around the issue.
If the budget allows, why not buy delivered, ready-to-eat food? While not available in all areas, making life easier through prepared meals is a growing trend and calling in for a meal is becoming an option in more and more places. These aren’t unhealthy fast-food options either; many services provide healthy, even home-cooked, meals! For families experiencing health issues, this service can be a real life saver.
Invite some friends over and have everyone bring a dish. To further avoid headache and strain, have your own contribution be environmentally friendly single-use dishes.
Believe it or not, complicated food is not a mandatory element of every get-together. Think of light snacks that are easy to buy or make. Try hosting a game night with popcorn – or listening to favorite music while sipping hot cocoa. Cozy and fun is just fine. The important part is seeing friends and family and enjoying time together.
When it comes down to it, location, activities and food are all “extras” when it comes to socializing. The only mandatory activity involved is to interact with and enjoy the company of others.
By investing in your social life, you’re boosting your physical and mental health – no small feat for a woman dealing with uterine fibroids. Friends are the light of our world and, healthy or not, we all need somebody to lean on.