Arthritis -from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation- is the chronic inflammation of the joints. Some of its most common symptoms are pain and stiffness. Currently, there are more than 100 types of arthritis including gout and rheumatoid arthritis.¹
There are many things a person can do to make life more pleasant while living with this condition. Here, we have some advices for you to cope with your new life style or to help a family member or friend who lives with arthritis.
● Take a positive attitude
It’s important that you remember that everything is going to be OK. Even though you’re experiencing pain and stiffness, you can still have a good quality of life. You deserve it and you can provide it for yourself. You need to look at the bright side of life and always think positive.
If you let depression control your life, you’ll only make things worse for yourself. When you’re feeling down, your body will start feeling even worse.
That’s why it’s important for you to do positive healthy things like gardening your own medicinal plants (or any type of plant).
Taking care of plants and practicing gardening is a natural anti-depressive therapy². You should also try with meditation. It’s for free and it will give your mind control and peace.
● Go for a nice walk
Walking is a great exercise for everyone. There’s no need to rush, otherwise you’ll overstress your joints.
It’s very important that you keep your joints in motion. This will keep stiffness away from those areas.
A gentle walk is able to move oxygen and blood to all of your cells. This way you improve the cell’s ability to function.
● Exercise in all possible (secure) ways
Yoga, aerobic or practicing some sport can really help. Exercising in any way keeps your joints and muscles active.
So, get moving. Put on some nice music and dance. You can find some wonderful exercise videos on youtube, specially designed for people living with arthritis.
● Write down the progress of your disease
Maybe you’re not the writer type, but keeping a journal of your condition can actually help. Arthritis can be triggered by a large number of things, like stress or certain foods.
If you don’t keep track of what you’re doing it’s really hard that you figure out what works or doesn’t works for you in the long run.
● Have a special diet
Some people that suffer from arthritis get worse because of certain things they’re eating. Foods such like gluten, shellfish and wheat are on the suspicious list.
Even though it sounds a bit radical, you can try a ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. A typical ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes: grains, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, dairy, and egg products.
This diet is great for you because it will give you proteins and calcium that will make you feel relief from your symptoms.
Even though living with arthritis is a painful process, you can definitely cope with it. You need to be proactive and keep a healthy life style. Don’t let arthritis control you. You have all of the tools to be in charge of your disease. Start today!