It probably seems to you that nothing has been the same in your life since you were diagnosed with arthritis. It is hard to accept that sometimes you simply cannot do some things you were able to do before, or they take significantly more time than they did before. These are the very things lots of arthritis patients complain about which often leads them to depression. Unfortunately, negative thoughts can additionally worsen your arthritis. Studies have shown that “looking through black glasses” increases the sensation of pain. Instead of constantly thinking that the glass is half-empty and that your joints will certainly hurt very soon although they don’t hurt at the moment, choose positive thinking and make your life easier.
Synchronize your daily activities with your arthritis
You don’t have to stop doing the things you love or you need to do just because you suffer from arthritis. Consult your doctor if you previously enjoyed adrenalin sports or some other type of physically straining activity. There is certainly some alternative way you can still enjoy things you loved doing.
Do house chores when you feel up to the challenge and you think you have enough energy to do them. Get rid of heavy vacuum cleaners, buckets and cleaning brushes that require you to kneel while you are cleaning. Instead, buy a light vacuum that won’t put pressure on your joints. Think about buying a steam mop which often comes with numerous attachments for cleaning various surfaces. Steam power will enable you to clean and disinfect the floors, windows, oven, and bathroom. When you buy appliances that work well with your condition, you will realize that cleaning is not impossible for people with arthritis.
Get the joints that hurt warm
When you have arthritis, you often feel high-intensity pain in your joints. You don’t have to reach for painkillers each time your joints hurt because you could easily develop drug tolerance so the medication won’t have the same effect anymore. Put a warm compress on your joint. It is best to previously massage the painful joint with a specialized cream that contains menthol or some other ingredient proven to have analgesic properties. Compress’ warmth will make the cream penetrate deeper into the painful place. Keep the compress on the joint for 15-30 minutes and you will notice the pain intensity decreasing.
Arthritis likes a good night sleep
- A warm bath before you go to sleep will relax your muscles and decrease the stiffness you feel.
- Try to go to bed around the same time every night. Having a steady routine is very important for good quality sleep.
- Before you go to bed, don’t eat, drink tea or coffee and don’t smoke. Caffeine. Teine and Nicotine will keep you awake for a long time.
- Invest in a good quality mattress and pillow that best suits your condition. You might have to try several pillows until you find the one that relaxes your neck and shoulders instead of making them stiff.
- Regular exercise will certainly help you to sleep peacefully and long enough. However, do not exercise within 3 hours before going to bed.