Emotional wellbeing and arthritis
The emotional effects of arthritis can have just as much of an impact as the physical symptoms. It’s important to take what steps you can to promote your emotional health, as this helps to find purpose in all that you do and engage with the world around you. This, in turn, can increase your confidence.
This is especially important if you have a long-term condition such as arthritis, because maintaining a positive mental attitude can help you cope with change, uncertainty and potentially stressful situations.
This is a condensed version. To read the full version, download Feelings matter: Emotional wellbeing and arthritis.
In this section:
- How can I look after my emotional wellbeing?
- Common emotions
- Emotions and your symptoms
- Your relationships
- Building a good frame of mind
- Accepting help when you need it
- Keep up with activities you enjoy, or take up a new one. This could be anything: gardening, reading, walking, cooking. The list is endless!
- Stay connected – to family, friends, the local community. If you’re feeling isolated, follow your interests (join a gardening club, book club or singing group, for example). Arthritis Care has local branches and groups all over the UK – many have coffee mornings, activity groups and other social events. There’s something to suit everyone.
- Keep active – many people say their arthritis symptoms lessen if they exercise.
- Give back – this could be a small gesture, such as giving someone a compliment, or a larger one, such as volunteering at a charity shop or soup kitchen.