- Take a break during stressful
period — give yourself permission to step away from the stressor, even just a
few minutes could help a lot! This allows you to get a new perspective or new
idea to make your situation less overwhelmed.
- Go with regular exercise! In
general, sedentary lifestyle may have a role to make stress more likely.
Regular exercise can provide benefits your body as well as your mind.
- Having social support is
important factor to deal with stress. Try to build a good relationship with
- Turn to your spirituality
(religion) for more guidance.
- Don’t relieve your stress with
bad things (e.g. smoking and alcohol).
- Get enough sleep at night. Take a
short nap if necessary!
- (When you can) take a vacation to
help recharge and refresh your mind!
smoke contains lots of harmful substances, which some are bad if you have
rheumatoid arthritis (a kind of arthritis that has to do with malfunctions of
the body immune system). It is also thought to increase the severity of
believe more-severe rheumatoid arthritis is likely to occur in smokers than
non-smokers. Smoking may cause remission less likely. It may also interfere
with the effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis medications, making the disease
harder to treat.
makes it harder to engage in activities (exercise), making you become a
sedentary lifestyle more likely. It’s also bad for weight control since it’s
linked to obesity-related habits such as unhealthy diet. One study shows that
smokers are more likely to eat more calories and fats than non-smokers .
shoes may also have effects on your knee joints. One study from the Rush
Medical College Chicago in 2010 showed that using the right shoes was helpful
to reduce the load on the knees by about 11-15 % .
flexible shoes (e.g. sneakers and flip-flops). For best result, use flexible
shoes with arch support.
number of alternative therapies are available to help cope with arthritis and
its symptoms, though there is no enough reliable evidence to back them up. The
following are probably the most promising ones:
not clear yet whether this Chinese traditional technique works for arthritis.
But since it promotes relaxation and tension relief, it’s not bad idea to try
this therapy. Furthermore, it’s one of complementary therapies recommended by
WHO (the World Health Organization) to help treat more than 100 different
you want to use this traditional treatment, ask your doctor first (particularly
if you’re taking chemotherapy and blood thinners since the therapy may cause infection
and bleeding). Again, it’s a complementary treatment, not to replace your
primary treatment. And make sure to only work with a certified, licensed
relaxation therapy involves a deep concentration so you gain stress relief,
peace, and happiness. It may help for people with painful joints such as
arthritis, according to one study from the National Institutes of Health .
to other therapies, the study showed that people with arthritis and depression
benefitted the most from the practice of mindfulness mediation. It soothes the
brain’s response to pain, making pain relief more likely.
on the severity of your arthritis knee pain — massage therapy may help relieve
the pain, improving range of motion and your joint stiffness. It improves
muscle tension, allowing your knee joints work better.
with an experienced massage therapist (if necessary, ask your physician for a
same goes for herbal supplements. Although there are many folk remedy claims, scientific
evidence on their effectiveness for arthritis is lacking. Also, their quality
and safety are not comprehensively monitored by FDA (the US Food and Drug
popular herbs for arthritis pain relief include Ginkgo, Thunder god vine, Stinging
can get worse over time, causing serious complications such as serious joint
damage. So never forget about your doc — do a routine checkup regularly, at
least once a year! Once severe damage occurs, it could be irreversible.