Living with arthritis can affect how you live your life on a daily basis when activities that were once easy become more difficult and harder to manage on your own. This is part two of our article on how to take a positive approach to arthritis. If you missed the first four tips see our previous post 8 Tips for a Positive Approach to Arthritis – Part 1.
- Be Active
Focus on the activities that you still can do and learn to pace yourself. Participate in things you enjoy doing to keep your mind focused on the positive aspects of the activity itself and not the pain you may be experiencing. You can learn to live with your arthritis and be mindful that life is worth living when you fill it with things you like to do.
- Relaxation Techniques
Clearing your mind through meditation is an effective relaxation technique to release tension and stress. Arthritis can take a mental as well as physical toll. With meditation you can give the both the body and mind some needed relief.
- Stress Management
The result of stress on the body can create both physical and emotion “dis-ease”. The stress of dealing with this condition can add to the pain, tension and fatigue you are already experiencing. Look for ways you can reduce stress such as exercise and meditation.
If you need medication, it is important to take those prescribed by your doctor regularly. Such medications may include anti-inflammatories, anti-rheumatic, analgesics, inhibitors, or steroids. Topical medications such as creams, gels, lotions, balms and ointments are also available and could be part of your medication regimen. Your doctor will try to relieve your pain in the most successful way allowing you to experience the highest quality of life.
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