It’s that time of the year again! The holidays are here and people are frantically trying to cross things off their to-do lists. With Christmas just four days away many of us haven’t finished our shopping never mind started gift wrapping. So, while the Holidays can feel chaotic between parties, shopping for gifts and preparing food, the presents in our closets aren’t going to wrap themselves!
Wrapping presents can be a tedious task, but for those suffering from arthritis or undiagnosed joint pain, it becomes a very difficult and painful activity. Believe it or not, gift wrapping can cause fatigue, painful flare ups, a sore back, inflammation and pain especially in our hands and wrists.
Consider using these tips to help make your gift-wrapping experience less painful:
- Have the store or local mall wrap your gifts. If you are still shopping, have the store gift wrap your items. Some shopping malls even have kiosks that wrap gifts for people.
- Pace Yourself. Take advantage of the four days left by spreading out your wrapping. Set a goal for yourself: wrap only a few presents each day.
- Create a gift-wrapping station. Clear off your kitchen table and keep everything you need close by (within arm’s reach).
- Use the right materials. The American Occupational Therapy Association recommends that you use specific products to help make gift wrapping easier on your joints: FiskarsEasy Action Micro Tip Scissors, Scotch Pop-up Tape Handband Dispenser and flat sheets of wrapping paper instead of rolls.
- Listen to your body. Take breaks and stretch in between wrapping each present.
- Host a gift-wrapping party. There is nothing wrong with asking a family member or friend to help wrap your presents. Wrapping presents can be a lot of fun with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.
- Boycott Wrapping Paper. Stores sell a variety of beautiful gift boxes, gift bags and festive tissue paper. Consider using gift boxes and bags this year. They are just as good as wrapping paper, especially if it means less pain and a more enjoyable Holiday!