Arthritis Self-Management: What You Need to Know
Follow these eight self-management habits to help you take control of your arthritis.
A diagnosis of arthritis can be overwhelming. You’re dealing with a lot of new information. You may feel worried about the future. And you’re getting used to talking with different health care providers who help you manage your disease. A chronic illness can be a lot to handle but rest assured, you can do it.
You’ll play a big role in getting your disease under control and staying as healthy as possible. The term is called self-management. Self-management is about making healthy lifestyle choices and learning to manage the physical and emotional effects of arthritis. It may feel a little like you’re going back to school but take it one step at a time. You’ll need to learn all you can about your disease and build a strong partnership your doctors. These self-management habits can help you successfully manage your disease:
1. Be organized
2. Manage pain
3. Address the emotional side
4. Tackle Fatigue
5. Improve sleep
6. Get Moving
7. Balance activity with rest
8. Eat a balanced diet
It may seem like a lot to do but you’re not alone. The Arthritis Foundation wants to be your self-management partner as you manage your disease. Join our Live Yes! Arthritis Network today to make connections and get information and resources to help you live well.
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