When you’re creating a list of New Year's resolutions, keep your health and wellness in mind. If you have arthritis, there are certain goals you can include on your list that will help you manage this condition better, so you can enjoy a happy and healthy new year.
Set SMART Goals
SMART stands for goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. Having these types of goals can make it easier for you to accomplish them. In terms of arthritis, consider setting simple goals that can help you get around better or reduce stiffness, such as doing stretches each morning or looking for adaptive equipment to use. You might also want to set a goal to look for an exercise that appeals to you, such as going for a swim.
Get Plenty of Sleep
A good night’s sleep can do wonders for pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Good sleep quality each night also helps ensure that you have the motivation and energy to follow your resolutions. You’ll also feel better physically and mentally overall when you get plenty of sleep on a regular basis.
Make Changes to Your Diet
Eating healthier can improve your physical well-being in general, but making other changes to your diet can help as well. You might have food sensitivities that affect your arthritis symptoms. Experiment with cutting certain foods out of your diet, such as highly processed foods, or adding certain nutrition foods, such as omega-3 fatty acids, to see if these changes help you manage your condition better.
Find a Supportive Friend
Having arthritis can affect you physically and emotionally. When you have a trusted friend to turn to for sympathy and support, this can make it easier to deal with your condition. This friend can also help you reach your exercise goals by going for walks with you or doing other workout activities with you.
Look for the Right Practitioner
Not all rheumatologists are the same. If you haven’t been satisfied with the care you’re getting from your current practitioner, make a resolution to look for a new one who fits your style better. Learn more about this in our next blog post.
Be Patient With Yourself
You won’t always feel like sticking to your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year. Don’t become discouraged and give up on your goals when this happens. Just keep in mind that everyone has off days, and be patient with yourself. You can pick right back up where you left off the next day and make progress toward reaching your goals.
For questions or concerns about your RMD, contact your practitioner at Arthritis Center of Lexington. If you’re not a patient with us yet, ask your physician for a referral and call us to set up your first appointment.