How Stress Affects Arthritis
Managing a chronic disease affect many aspects of daily living, including emotional health . Here’s what to do if you’re stressed out.
Stress is a constant presence in our lives. A chronic disease like arthritis, which brings pain, high medical bills, and an uncertain future, ramps up stress levels even more. Being under stress can worsen arthritis symptoms. The best solution is to manage stress before it can undermine disease management and quality of live
How stress contributes to arthritis
How arthritis worsens stress
Coping with stress
Talk to a therapist - If stress has begun to dominate your life, you might benefit from interventions like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT helps to reframe the issues that cause you worry, and help you deal with them in a more positive way.
Get your arthritis under control - Following the treatment your doctor prescribed will relieve symptoms like pain and stiffness before they can add to your anxiety.
Exercise - When you walk, swim, or do other aerobic activities, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins. Regular fitness boosts your self-esteem and mood, and combats depression and anxiety. Yoga—which incorporates movement and deep breathing—combines fitness with stress relief.
Take relaxation breaks - Sitting quietly for a few minutes and breathing deeply can put your body into a calmer state.
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