Halloween may be fun, but for those suffering from pain, the holiday brings about difficulties of a different kind. You may be wondering how you’re going to escort the kids or grandkids around trick-or-treating. Maybe you’re dreading getting up repeatedly to answer the door. To make Halloween easier to manage, we’ve included tips for some ways to handle pain and still have fun.
Go Easy on the Decor
Decorating for Halloween is one of the most memorable parts of the holiday. But putting up jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, cobwebs can lead to additional pain. Make sure you use proper lifting techniques. If your family is able, get them to do the decorating instead. Or forego decorating altogether and opt for playing some scary music when the trick-or-treaters come.
Buy plenty of treats so you don’t run out on Halloween night and end up needing to buy more. Empty all of it into a big bowl to minimize movement associated with preparation, and keep the bowl by the door to make it easier for you. You might also consider putting the bowl on the front porch and just let the kids help themselves.
Trick-or-Treating with Kids
Knowing your limits is important for keeping Halloween enjoyable. Perhaps you might take the kids out for 20 minutes or half an hour, but set a limit so you don’t overextend yourself. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes with adequate support.
If the kids are old enough, consider letting them trick-or-treat with a group and have a trustworthy adult chaperone.
Resist the Temptation of Sugar
The abundance of little fun-size candy bars during Halloween may be the scariest aspect of the holiday. When your house is loaded with candy, and the kids come home with even more, it will be hard to resist.
But sugar is known to significantly increase inflammation in the body, and inflammation aggravates pain. Limiting your sugar intake will likely make you feel better in the long run.