I like to engage in all sorts of physical activities and hobbies. One of the hardest aspects of having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia for me has been adjusting my activities due to the limitations that these conditions can create.
One of the activities that I miss the most is not being able to dance. Part of my spiritual practice is to dance, I can still participate in other aspects of our cultural/spiritual traditions but the physical aspect of dancing can be very difficult for me. I've had to deal with limiting how much I can dance and having to modify how I dance.
I recently learned how to knit, I've been interested in knitting for a long time. I was scared to try it because I was afraid of how knitting would affect my hands. I love knitting! I have learned to manage my time knitting, if I knit too much the joints in my hands will definitely hurt. I also know that it is better for me to knit with bamboo needles and with a larger needle. The thinner needles make me use my hands differently so not only do my joints hurt but different muscles in my hands are sore.
I also like to create beaded items. The difficulty with beading is gripping the different tools, the different types of pliers or needles. I enjoy the process of laying out a design so often times I'll do that and wait for my hands to feel ok in order to complete the work of putting a piece together.
I also enjoy reading, and this is an activity that thankfully is not affected too much by either the RA or the fibromyalgia. There are other activities that I enjoy that I am still working out how to modify and adjust so that I can continue to participate in them.