Archive for ‘Pain/Joint Relief’

November 18, 2019

Giveaway to Live Better with RA

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post here on ART (A Rheumful of Tips). Let’s just say that I’ve haven’t felt very “arty,” although during my hiatus, I have continued to add to my drafts. (You really don’t want to know how many drafts I’ve saved between ART and ASC – Auntie Stress Café.)

In order to mark my return to writing, I’ve decided to offer a giveaway. (I have some ideas for future giveaways, but I’d like to hear from you, dear readers. Is this something that interests you?)

The Giveaway

I believe that when you have a chronic condition, the best thing you can do is to be proactive. I have rheumatoid arthritis, but it does not have me! Chronic pain can take over your life – it happened to me, when I didn’t know any better in my 20s, 30s and 40s. Then, I would have said that rheumatoid arthritis had me!

But, there’s wisdom with age. I am doing so much better by adopting a number of different strategies to live well with RA. (Another topic for a blog post!)

I’ve put this giveaway together to encourage you to take a step, then another step, then another, in the direction you want to go. Remember, it’s a process, so it won’t happen over night. Please consider this part of your self-care strategy.

The lucky winner will receive:

  1. Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis – Volume 1 by Lene Andersen. See the interview here: A Virtual Visit and an E-Book Giveaway.
  2. Live Well with Chronic Pain by Liza H. Leal, M.D. See: Book Review and Giveaway: Live Well with Chronic Pain.
  3. When You Hurt All Over DVD by Katy Bowman. Check out my post here: Know, Do and Feel Better + a Giveaway.

How to Enter

1. To enter the giveaway, complete the following statement by leaving your answer in the comment section, below: When I feel better, I _________.

2. Entries must be received by midnight PST, on Sunday, November 24th, 2019.

3. This contest is open to anyone who has a mailing address in Canada or the United States. You must be of legal age to enter.

4. For extra entries to the draw, get social:

  • On Twitter?For an extra entry share the following: I just entered a #giveaway from @AuntieStress. https://rheumfuloftips.wordpress.com/?p=10917
  • Make your way over to my Pinterest Board called “Giveaways“. Earn one entry by clicking “Comment” and leaving one. (Repin it for another entry. Just leave a comment here, providing me with the link to where you pinned it on your Pinterest Board.)
  • If you decide to share elsewhere, provide the link and you’ll get an extra entry.

5. One winning entrant will be drawn from a hat. You will be notified via email. Your name will appear here, on Twitter and Pinterest.

6. Good Luck!

July 8, 2019

#575 – Live Better with RA – Tip #10

Photo courtesy of Isandréa Carla. Pexels.

Tip #10 – Live Your Life

Shift your focus so that it’s not always on your RA. This can take some work, as RA has a way of demanding your attention. You have RA, but don’t let it have you.

I find that livingeatingbreathing a chronic illness such as RA, is similar to what happens when you start pulling on the knots on a tangled necklace. Things tighten. Stress happens. The more I focus on the pain and limitations that RA has exacted, the worse I feel. I even tried identifying with the Spoonie Movement, last year. It was not for me. 

Make time to place your attention on other people, places and things, especially ones that make your heart sing. This can be the way out of suffering.

It’s important to listen to what you need, so that you can dance through your life with RA. Life is not a one-dance repertoire. Sometimes, you’ll be kicking up your heels, other times, all you can master is a slow sway to the music. Your dance. Your rhythm. Your life.

Accept, adapt, adopt, learn, change grow. Work on this to make your life that much better. 

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July 4, 2019

#574 – Live Better with RA – Tip #9

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Tip #9 – Learn to Listen to Your Body

What do you need? Rest? Better nutrition? A walk in the park? A good laugh? A heart-to-heart with a friend?

Identify and honour your needs. It’s an important aspect of self-care. Stress can hamper your ability to hear what your body is asking for. When you learn to quiet the cacophony that is stress, you are better able to listen to the quiet murmurings of your heart. If you fail to heed them, you might find that your body turns up the volume. You may experience more discontent, pain and negativity that detract from a life well-lived.

Tune in to your needs. They are often quite different from your wants. For example, I often reached for a sugar fix when I was feeling sluggish. I now know that I sugar-coated what I really needed, which was a nap, or at the least, a restorative time-out.

Get in the habit of tuning in to your heart and asking for what you need. Shhhh! It’s often a very quiet voice that speaks to you. Remember, it may be shy, especially if it is unused to being heard! 🙂

Read how my body “spoke” in a dramatic way in the Emergency Room.

Work to build a relationship with yourself. (Stress coaching can help sharpen this skill. Contact me for more information.)

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June 17, 2019

#573 – Live Better with RA – Tip #8

Tip #8 – Use Tools and Gadgets

Tools and gadgets may seem extraneous, but to a person with RA, they are lifesavers! I use them constantly. Not only do they allow me to be independent, but they save my joints and often, my energy and frustration.

There are so many reasonably-priced tools and gadgets available today, unlike when I was first diagnosed over 40 years ago. “In the olden days,” as my niece would say, you’d have to visit an occupational therapist if you needed something specialized for your needs.

Look under the category “Tools,” to see the things I use, or have adapted to make my journey with RA easier.

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