There are ways to overcome the challenges of PsA, but it can have an impact on your social life. You will probably still want to avoid activities that could cause a flare-up, but there are still plenty of things you can try.
Exercise and social activity are important for your physical and emotional well-being when you have PsA.
There are 10 activities you can do with PsA.
A book club is a great way to get your fix of reading while socializing. You can structure your book club in any way you want.
You can change the genre every few weeks. You can come up with a list of books and have everyone vote on which book to read next. You can pass around some healthy snacks when you meet with your book club.
Everyone loves a good movie. You can watch movies at home or in a theater. A documentary with a few friends is a great way to provide entertainment and spark discussion.
Movement can actually help your symptoms. The key is to stick to low impact exercises that are easy on your joints but still get your body moving.
Walking on the beach is a great way to get some exercise while also getting some fresh air. Take breaks when you need to. Enjoy the sunset with a friend.
Swimming and aquatic exercises can strengthen your body. These exercises are easy to do on the joints.
You can simply walk in the water and it will not cause any problems for your body. If you have a flare-up of sychnia, you should test the water for chlorination.
A weekly board game night is a great way to challenge your mind and spend time with your friends. There are many games to choose from.
Sharing laughter and fun with others can help you with your mental health and promote compassion.
“Take a yoga class with a friend or two to get moving. Flexibility and strength are built through yoga. Don’t push yourself too hard in a yoga class that is gentle and focused on breathing and simpler poses.”
If you feel comfortable, tell the instructor that you have a condition that affects your joints and you would prefer low-impact poses.
It is a great way to get out of the house and make new friends. There are many places in your community where you can volunteer.
You can also choose to volunteer for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) to help further their mission of finding a cure. Consider helping with local NPF events, such as walks and runs, that raise money to fund research. Or you can become a mentor for others with PsA, helping them manage their condition by sharing your knowledge.
It is easy to ride a bike on the joints. Your joints can move through their full range of motion with the help of cycling. This will make your joints more supple and you can move more easily the rest of the day.
Pick a trail or street and ride with a friend.
You can find a local group that connects you to people who share similar interests. You can plan fun events for everyone. Some examples include arts and crafts, going for a hike, or playing a card game.
Check websites like Meetup.com or social media sites like Facebook to connect and grow friendships with others affected by PsA.
For days when you’re just too tired to leave the house, you can still stay social. One way of doing that is by joining an online community. The world’s largest online support community for people impacted by psoriasis and PsA is TalkPsoriasis.org, which NPF sponsors.
“PsA can make you feel like you can’t do anything. There are many hobbies and events you can choose from. You can still have fun with people you enjoy spending time with, even if you have to modify a few to make it less tiring.”