"Stress reduction: People with rheumatoid arthritis face
emotional challenges as well as physical ones. The emotions they feel
because of the disease--fear, anger, frustration--combined with any
pain and physical limitations can increase their stress level. Although
there is no evidence that stress plays a role in causing rheumatoid
arthritis, it can make living with the disease difficult at times.
Stress may also affect the amount of pain a person feels. There are a
number of successful techniques for coping with stress. Regular rest periods can help, as can relaxation, distraction, or visualization exercises.
Exercise programs, participation in support groups, and good
communication with the health care team are other ways to reduce
from: Article title: Handout on Health Rheumatoid Arthritis: NIAMS, January 1998, Revised November 1999
Resources to help you relax and reduce stress:
Find and Island and imagine being there....