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How can you manage your stress to help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Exercise releases "feel-good" hormones called endorphins. Studies show that moving around improves your mood and helps you sleep better. Pick activities that don't put pressure on your joints. So, go for a walk instead of a jog.

Another way to lower stress is to try a mind-body technique such as meditation, visualization, or biofeedback. Yoga can also help, studies show. Check to see if your local community center offers free or low-cost classes.

Talk with your doctor about your options.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

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