Smart RA Lifestyle Tips
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Your quality of life with RA can improve greatly if you follow these RA lifestyle tips. Watch this video to learn about dealing with RA daily.
Transcript: Having rheumatoid arthritis can affect ALL parts of your life, but smart tactics can make your daily...
Having rheumatoid arthritis can affect ALL parts of your life, but smart tactics can make your daily activities easier to manage. PLAN AHEAD--as much as you can! Prep for several meals if you're having a good day. Select your day's outfit the night before. Do easy tasks in the morning, when you're still stiff, and save the errand-running for later in the day when you might feel better. ORGANIZE your kitchen and bathroom. The items you use often should be easy to reach. Put heavier items on lower shelves. Place common ingredients in easy-to-use, and open, containers. Instead of shampoo and soap bottles that can be hard to squeeze, try using pump dispensers. Continue your HOBBIES. If you enjoy traveling, don't stop. Just choose locations that you will be able to navigate comfortably and that offer accessible transportation if you can't walk to where you want to go. If you love to entertain, hold potluck parties instead of cooking on your own. WHATEVER makes you happy, keep on doing it-with modifications. Use your IMAGINATION. A wooden pizza handle can tuck in bed sheets, a long piece of ribbon doubles as a door opener, and a lazy Susan on a refrigerator shelf brings items from the back within reach. When you can't engineer a home-made gadget, you can PURCHASE one. There are many arthritis-friendly tools, from key turners, to zipper pullers, and even can and jar openers. PROTECT YOUR WEAKER JOINTS. Use your HIP to open doors instead of your hands. Hold shopping bags with TWO hands. You can even sit in a swivel chair to accomplish tasks at chest-level. Most importantly, know when ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Let someone help! Physical activity is VERY important with rheumatoid arthritis, both to prevent joint damage and to maintain a POSITIVE attitude. But if you need a rest, don't be reluctant to ask a friend or family member to cook, go grocery shopping, or make the bed. Want more lifestyle advice? Check out other videos on managing rheumatoid arthritis.More »
Last Modified: 2016-10-04 | Tags »
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