Emotional Wellbeing & Relationships

A healthy mind and support system can help you cope and feel better with arthritis. Learn about the mind-body connection and behaviors that promote emotional wellbeing.

Sex & Intimacy With Arthritis

Physical intimacy is an important part of romantic relationships – but arthritis pain and fatigue can make it difficult to participate. It’s also a topic many people aren’t comfortable talking about. In this episode, you’ll learn how to improve intimacy, including how to better communicate with your partner about the difficulties around sex, how to foster a healthier relationship with your body to feel more desirable and how to cultivate a deeper emotional bond to create sparks in and out of the bedroom. You’ll also learn practical tips on how to make sex more comfortable, including positions, assistive devices and more. 

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The following podcast episode contains adult content. Listener discretion is advised.

Make Mental Health a Priority

Your mental health can directly and indirectly impact your physical health and arthritis. Learn why it’s so important — especially now — to prioritize your emotional well-being.

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Self-Compassion and Chronic Pain

Self-compassion is the act of showing kindness to oneself in times of suffering. In this episode, a trained medical doctor and mindfulness practitioner shares tips on how to use self-compassion to help dial down stress, alleviate depression and even alter the pain experience.

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Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindful practices can help those living with chronic pain reduce their mental and physical exhaustion. Learn how our bodies respond to pain, what you can do to break the cycle and some techniques to get started.

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Promoting Healthy Relationships

Having a chronic condition like arthritis can pose challenges to relationships. Learn how to navigate tricky emotions, open lines of communication, establish healthy boundaries and assert your own self-worth.

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Wellness in Challenging Times

Want some tips about how to handle change in challenging times and maintain your health and wellness? This episode’s guest is an experienced social worker and researcher who grew up with juvenile arthritis.

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Telemental Health

If you’re reluctant to seek in-person counseling for anxiety and stress, consider virtual psychotherapy. Hear from a counselor who’s an arthritis patient and JA mom who’s been practicing remotely for years.

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Mind Over Stress

Hear about the connection between chronic stress and arthritis and how stress contributes to pain, inflammation and lower immunity. You’ll also learn strategies to reduce stress and manage your arthritis symptoms.

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Brain Fog, Mental Clarity & Arthritis

Mental fuzziness, or “brain fog,” is a frustrating phenomenon that often occurs with arthritis and related conditions, like fibromyalgia. Listen to experts discuss some suspected causes and ways to deal with it.

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Body Image, Self Esteem & Arthritis

Learn how to foster a healthier body image to better care for your mental and physical health – despite the unpredictability of living with arthritis. Additionally, learn coping strategies for bad days, not only so you can have a better relationship with yourself, but also with those around you.  

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Podcast-EP44-Mindfulness_Web-Graphic-420x420.jpgMindfulness for Beginners

On this episode, we’re talking about the link between stress and arthritis symptoms, like pain, sleep and fatigue, and how mindfulness can help. Get tips on getting started from special guests, Nicole Riley, MD, an integrative pain management doctor and mindfulness expert, and Meryl Arnett, a meditation and yoga teacher.

This episode was originally released December 9, 2019.

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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.

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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

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By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.


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