Many of our Arizona pain
patients love the outdoors, and Arizona is a wonderful place to be over
Memorial Day Weekend. Everyone in the valley heads north to escape the start of
summer and relax with friends and family. However, if you can’t afford an RV,
tent camping can be a seriously daunting aspect of the weekend.
- Have the mindset that tent camping will be a
breeze, because mindset truly plays a large role in how you will feel this
- Don’t take on too much. We can’t stress this
enough. When it comes to tent camping, setting up the tent and getting it
organized should not be one of your priorities. Do not overstress your body.
Allow friends and family to do the work as you take on less strenuous tasks.
- Have a big enough tent to give you room to stand
up. Make it as convenient as possible for when you must climb into the tent,
change in the tent, or anything else.
- Place the tent in a shaded area. As we all know,
this Arizona sun can sneak up on you and just a few moments of direct sunlight
can truly heat up that tent and make it very uncomfortable.
- Spend the money on a nice air mattress. Arizona
pain specialists can’t stress this enough. Sleep is paramount, and being able
to sleep comfortably while camping can make or break your Memorial Day Weekend.
Have enough blankets to keep warm and a comfortable pillow.
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. I
know, it’s vacation, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on your healthy
lifestyle. One of the biggest downfalls of very patient’s camping trip is their
lack of healthy alternatives to camping food. Changing your diet can dramatically
affect your chronic pain.
- Have a comfortable chair available. Whether you
enjoy the hammock or a simple fold-up chair, make sure it’s comfortable for
long periods of time. You want this weekend to be relaxing and calming, and a
comfortable chair will help.
- Choose a campsite near a bathroom. Once again,
we can’t stress this enough. If you began to have a rough episode, walking to a
bathroom that’s even 20 feet away can seem like miles.
Getting outdoors and back
into life is paramount for patients living with chronic pain. Breathing in that
fresh air, relaxing under those towering pine trees, listening to the breeze
without a care in the world can bring about much needed calm and peace. The
kind of calm and peace that has been known to ease chronic pain. While getting
up north for a camping trip might not be your favorite thing to do, consider
the benefits of spending time away from the stress of live. Those positives
might outweigh the negatives when it comes to camping, whether you have an RV
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