Dealing With Osteoarthritis: Does Attitude Make a Difference?

Caring for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

Making the most of good health requires careful attention to the body, mind, and spirit. People living with osteoarthritis must plan and develop daily routines that maximize their quality of life and minimize disability. They also need to evaluate these routines periodically to make sure the routines are still working for them.
Good health also requires a positive attitude. People must decide to make the most of things when faced with the challenges of osteoarthritis. This attitude -- a "good-health" mindset -- doesn't just happen. It takes work, every day. And with the right attitude, you will achieve it.

How to Enjoy a "Good-Health Attitude"

Try these tips to develop and maintain a positive attitude toward your health:
  • Focus on your abilities instead of disabilities
  • Focus on your strengths instead of weaknesses
  • Break down activities into small tasks that you can manage
  • Incorporate fitness and nutrition into daily routines
  • Develop methods to minimize and manage stress
  • Balance rest with activity
  • Develop a support system of family, friends, and health professionals.
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