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July 8, 2019

#575 – Live Better with RA – Tip #10

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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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May 20, 2019

#572 – Live Better with RA – Tip #7

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Build Your Team

When you have RA, you may have a tendency to figuratively withdraw and move to an “island,” but don’t.

Your healthcare team is an important part of your journey with RA. Doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, naturopaths, nutritionists, coaches, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, therapists and friends all have a role in your health and well-being. You may not need them all, or you may need different ones at different times in your life.

Choose them with care.

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