It’s no secret, looking good can help you feel good. However, achieving your best look – especially in the face of ever-presentpain and inflammation– can be beset with challenges. Our experts share how to put your best beauty and fashion foot forward.
Love fall gardening, but find it painful with arthritis? Try these hacks to avoid straining joints.
If You Can’t Crouch Down
Hack:Go vertical.Wall gardensare easy to tend while you’re standing or sitting up. Buy one ready-made or make your own by hanging plastic pots on a wall. “Keep the plants between waist and shoulder height,” says Julia Henderson-Kalb, an occupational therapist at Saint Louis University in Missouri.
Having arthritis can seriously affect your daily errands and plans. Here are some tips to help make shopping less painful and stressful.
Before you leave for the store, prioritize what you need to accomplish. If you have multiple errands to run, rank the importance of each stop in case pain sets in and you need to head home. You can also map out your route, from the farthest to closest stop to your home. Remember to consider time of day and traffic patterns. This can help you to keep the time and stress of being on the road and standing in lines to a minimum.
Arthritis Todayreaders answered the question: How do you make household chores easier on your arthritis? Here’s what they had to say:
A pretty piece of jewelry makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day or anytime gift. However, “the pinching motion also puts pressure on your finger joints, which can lead to pain,” says Jacqueline F. Lawrence, an occupational therapist at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston. But you don’t need to give up your love for sparkle. Tell your partner and kids about these options:
Taking photos can be a physical challenge for those coping with aches, pains and lack of flexibility that can accompany arthritis. These sneaky tricks – recommended by fine art photographer Wendy Sacks, who has inflammatory arthritis and gout – can make it easier.Learn more about Wendy and see her work!
We asked our readers and followers “What Is Your Favorite Motivational Quote to Inspire You?” Here are their answers.
Spring cleaning often brings to attention those small repairs that you’ve been meaning to get around to. Stuck drawers, clogged drains, torn window screens – small household repairs can be an ordeal if you havepainful hands from arthritis还有工具的短缺。但事实并非如此。纽约市的职业治疗师南希·瑞恩(Nancy Ryan)提出了以下这些简单的捷径，可以让你做一些普通的工作，更少的痛苦和努力，而且还能把你手边可能有的东西拿出来。
Laundry is a chore for anyone, but when your hands are stiff and swollen, it can be especially hard. We asked our readers and followers “How do you make doing laundry easier with arthritis?” Here are their answers.