I Want To Feel Better With My Psoriatic Arthritis

Having psoriatic arthritis is a daily chore. You always know it’s there. It just doesn’t go away. I try to be comfortable every day, which is my number one priority on my list.  When you’re uncomfortable, miserable and in pain, it’s no fun. It has taken me years to find things to make me feel human and not like a pin cushion. Here are a few things that help me feel better:

Going to the pool

One thing that I have started doing these past few years is to go to the swimming pool; that is if I’m not having a psoriasis flare at the time. My husband and I went on vacation and got a room with a Jacuzzi; it was the best. I sit there for hours, not feeling any pain. It felt like all the pain just melted away from my body.

Owning a pet

As we know pets can be a healing tool for us. I remember when I had had my dog, what a great motivator she was. Whenever my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis would be acting up, just seeing my dog would inspire me. She was always happy to see me. I would walk my pet and it eased so much stress. I believe each of us has to find what brings us pleasure and a sense of peace. My dog was such a healing for me. There are so many benefits to pet therapy. There were times when Anna my dog would be interceptor in my pain.

Exercising

I know that with this disease, there are days when you can’t get out if bed. We need to find ways from having pain to healing our bodies. I just started going to the gym and utilizing the exercise equipment that I can used; which isn’t much. I try and walk at least 10 to 15 minutes a day. It has helped me.

Planning ahead

Having a better quality of life means everything to me. I just turned 59 and have a lot more good years of living. I have to find ways in my life to find comfort. Planning family trips is a chore for me anymore. We have to make sure I’m not in too much pain to travel or having a psoriasis flare that is unbearable. We have to plan ahead just for me.

Making my home comfortable

Remember that atmosphere plays a major role in healing our pain. When I’m cold, I ache all over. Try to make your home comfortable to you. It will help with your full potential of your health and well-being, and you will feel better.

Surrounding myself with positive people

Everyone we meet doesn’t have our best interest at heart. I had to be so mindful of the company that I keep. Believe it or not, negative people will make us hurt more and make our pain worst. Stay away from those people. Make sure to surround yourself with positive people who lift you up.

I’m trying to implement things in my life to assure a positive pain to healing sort of thing. I’m doing things that will help me and not hinder me, such as eating right, light exercise, and drinking plenty of water. I set goals for myself, ones that I know I can achieve.

I love myself enough to take care of my psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, so that I can have a better quality of life. If you’re out of sync in your life, then it is good to reduce your pain by taking the steps I’ve taken to be more comfortable.

It’s great to know that we can be confident in the best health care, and with new treatments coming down the pipeline.

Over the years I have been an active advocate for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, speaking up and out about this disease.

 

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