8 Best Things to Do for Arthritis

Positive Actions to Help You Better Cope With Arthritis

Best ways to deal with Arthritis
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The following list of important actions will help you live well with arthritis and accept your limitations, cope with change, and adjust to life with chronic pain.

The 8 (-ate) actions will help you deal with the challenges and maintain a positive attitude at the same time.

#1 - Educate

Knowledge Is Power

The importance of knowledge and understanding of your own health condition cannot be overstated.

More sources of information exist than ever before. The Internet allows you to access vast resources about arthritis.

You can learn about:

Mutual Support

The Internet also provides a place for mutual sharing and support. People with arthritis can both communicate with each other and learn from each other.

It allows you and your loved ones to:

  • ask questions about arthritis
  • gain insight from others who live with arthritis
  • share common experiences
  • draw inspiration from others with arthritis
  • offer and draw encouragement
  • build friendships and camaraderie with others with arthritis

Team Approach - You and Your Doctor

Initially, your doctor or rheumatologist can serve as a teacher after providing a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Arthritis information and opinion about treatment options, shared between patient and doctor, lead to the best approach for managing arthritis.

#2 - Motivate

Keeping Motivated

Chronic pain is a burden and it can be very difficult at times to rise above it. When arthritis pain consumes you, it's easy to become withdrawn. It's essential that you remain motivated. Find the inspiration you need to stay focused on managing the disease.

Positive Coping Solutions

To rise above the pain:

  • try to continually focus on what you can do, rather than what you can't do.
  • remain active and maintain as much independence as possible.
  • devise strategies and set goals that keep you moving in a positive direction.

Can-Do Mindset

Actually, it's a mindset. Remind yourself that you still can achieve a great deal in spite of arthritis and chronic pain. By motivating yourself to stay active, you will feel better emotionally and:

Remaining active also strengthens you physically by keeping your joints as functional as possible, countering the damage from arthritis.

#3 - Participate

New Focus

Chronic joint pain steals from you, but remember, it does not steal everything. Though you are living with arthritis and chronic pain, you are still quite capable -- and those abilities that remain should become your focus.

Conserve Your Energy

Learn to pace yourself. The pain will be present whether you choose to participate or not, so it makes good sense to utilize your time and energy to do whatever you find most enjoyable and for what is most important.

Engage in enjoyable social situations, participate in activities of daily living (shopping, visiting, working, traveling) -- remind yourself life can still be enjoyable -- just at a different pace.

#4 - Medicate

Role Of Medication

A major part of the treatment program for arthritis is medication. There are many drugs and medications which are utilized for treating arthritis and related conditions, and they fall into several classes and categories. Arthritis drug options include:

Depending on your condition, it is probable that different combinations will be tried in an attempt to find the most successful for relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and allowing for the highest quality of life. It is important to take medications as prescribed, regularly and routinely.

#5 - Communicate

Communicating Your Needs

Living with arthritis can have a profound effect on daily life. Activities and habits that once were easy and even taken for granted can become much more difficult. In this regard, arthritis not only affects you, the person who has the condition, but also the people around you including:

  • family
  • friends
  • co-workers

Loved ones and others must learn to adjust and adapt to the changes too, but you must learn to communicate your needs to others. You should:

  • communicate and share feelings.
  • express any need for assistance.
  • convey the need for patience, understanding, and support.

#6 - Meditate

Relaxation Techniques

Meditation is a relaxation procedure which is useful is releasing tension and stress. Pain and fatigue associated with arthritis can be very stressful. Learning to relax and meditate can ease muscle tension and help fight fatigue.

Clearing The Mind

Arthritis not only takes a physical toll, but also a mental toll. The mind often becomes cluttered with facing challenges. Your thoughts may center around:

  • coping with arthritis
  • dealing with difficulties
  • adjusting to life with a chronic condition

Although these are necessary thoughts, it is also beneficial to sometimes focus on other things in an attempt to clear the mind. Time spent meditating can give both the body and mind needed relief.

#7 - Eliminate

Managing Stress

Stress is an inescapable reality of life. Everyone experiences stress, whether it be positive or negative stress. The stress response is both physical and emotional, literally putting a strain on your mind and body. Most, if not all, people with arthritis feel that stress affects their condition in a negative way. They experience more tension, pain, and fatigue due to prolonged stress. Learning to manage stress, if not eliminate it, is essential.

#8 - Concentrate

Quality Of Life

Concentrating on how to maintain the highest quality of life in spite of the arthritis is imperative. Simply put, arthritis changes your life. You can choose to dwell on negative aspects. But rather than focusing on what you may have lost because of arthritis, you can choose to concentrate on positive aspects, focusing on what you still do have and still can do.

Living with arthritis becomes much more bearable by:

  • concentrating on positive thinking
  • maintaining an active lifestyle
  • setting realistic goals

The Bottom Line

These 8 actions will help you take control of your arthritis -- both the physical and mental aspects of living with chronic pain.

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