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Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Tip: Keep a Positive Attitude


Arthritis may limit some of the things you can do but it does not control your life. A positive attitude plays an important role in pain management because it focuses on your overall health, not just the pain and symptoms that arthritis brings into your life. 

Maintain a positive attitude means you focus on the following:

• Thinking positive thoughts

• Having a sense of humor

• Eating a healthy, balanced diet

• Surrounding yourself with positive people and support

• Enjoying activities and time with friends and family

• Following your treatment plan

• Taking your medication properly and

• Practicing relaxation techniques.

While this seems like a lot to do, consider the following:

• Don’t focus on the pain: find ways to take your mind off the mind.

• Every one of us has the ability to distract ourselves from the pain: the more you focus on anything other than pain, you becomes less aware of the pain.

• Try positive self-talk: A favorite quote of mine comes from Susan Jeffers and reads: “Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead and instead, place them where they truly will do the most good – on your mirror.” Think about it. What we say to ourselves determines how we feel about ourselves.

You can live well with arthritis if you are willing to positive and stay positive regardless of the pain and limitations. 

If you would like to join in the discussion on this topic follow the link below:

http://www.arthritisconnect.com/discussions/912-tip-of-the-week-1-keep-a-positive-attitude

Note: I share arthritis and fibromyalgia tips at my Connect sites and I thought I would add them here as well. You can find my Connect sites at the following links:

Arthritis Connect

Fibromyalgia Connect

Rheumatoid Connect 

You can also find us on Facebook

Arthritis Connect

Fibromyalgia Connect

 

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2 thoughts on “Arthritis/Fibromyalgia Tip: Keep a Positive Attitude

  1. Hi Lana,

    Feels like I haven’t stopped by in a while. I subscribe to your blog. So you are always close to my heart because my blog sister is crazy and knocks out post after post. Go Lana! Knowing you and reading your blog has been a part of the support that you mention in your tips. Great tips. 🙂 It has been invaluable to me. Don’t know what I’d do without you guys. Sending you a big hug!

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