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Dealing With Your Emotions When You Have Arthritis
Arthritis is a physical disease, but it has emotional ramifications. You may wonder about the kinds of
emotions you may encounter, and the truth is that you are going to encounter many feelings you may
not know how to handle. This article contains information about what you may experience and how
you can deal with these emotions to help yourself better cope with your arthritis.

One of the first emotions you will start feeling is anger. You may not feel like you deserve arthritis,
and you may feel angry that you have done nothing wrong but have gotten a disease that may affect
you for the rest of your life. This is a natural reaction to an arthritis diagnosis, but you have to stop
and think for a moment. Anger is an emotion that can often times be destructive since you focus on
your feelings about the situation at hand instead of looking to the solution. Channel your anger into
finding ways you can still maintain the life you live. Find out how others have dealt with arthritis and
can still do activities they enjoy.

You might also feel afraid. Fear is also a very normal reaction. You may not know what it means to
have arthritis; you may have known people with terrible arthritis and be afraid that you will turn into
them. The truth is, you don't know what will happen. You can, however, prepare yourself and arm
yourself with knowledge. Find out as much as possible about your disease. Keep a journal that helps
you know what causes a flare-up of symptoms. Stop smoking. Engage in light exercise such as yoga
or swimming in order to keep your body active and full of motion.

Another way for you to handle your fear is to get a handle on the stress that you are feeling. Stress
can be very dangerous to your overall ability to handle arthritis. Stress makes everything worse, if you
let it. When you are feeling more stressed out, the pain from arthritis can get worse. A lot of people
think of stress as some minor mental disturbance, but stress can actually cause physical problems,
and often does. You need to learn techniques to healthily handle the stress you feel at any given

Hopefully, one day you will start to feel a sense of hope and acceptance. If you just take one day at a
time, and do what the other tips suggest, you will find that your life is manageable and that you can
too enjoy your life in spite of your arthritis.

Now you know that there is a great deal you can feel when you have arthritis. Your challenge is to
make sure that you handle these emotions in a healthy way, now that you know you can expect them.
Understand what you're going through so that you can feel better; once you start dealing with your
emotions you will find that the physical discomfort is easier to handle.
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