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How to Overcome Daily Psoriatic Arthritis Challenges

Learn how to live better with psoriatic arthritis, as well as prevent long-term damage to your joints.

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Psoriatic arthritis, a chronic condition that triggers joint pain, stiffness and swelling in the fingertips, spine, wrists, knees and/or ankles, can make it difficult to perform everything from brushing your teeth to walking the dog. The following lifestyle changes can help you overcome the daily challenges of living with psoriatic arthritis, as well as prevent long-term joint damage. 

Medically reviewed in June 2019.

Overcome Emotional Challenges
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It’s natural to feel angry and frustrated with psoriatic arthritis, not to mention feeling guilty over not being able to accomplish seemingly simple tasks. It might seem easy to isolate yourself from others, but this is the time you should reach out to family, friends or professionals. It might also be worth looking into support groups to find other people diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. 

Make Time for Yourself
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Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, but it’s particularly harmful to those with psoriatic arthritis because it also serves as a trigger for the condition. Try these stress-busting tips:

Take control of your schedule. Whether you know it’ll take you an extra 30 minutes to get out the door in the morning or that you’ll need a power nap later on, put it in your schedule. Knowing your limitations and working them into your day will help reduce stress.

Take a breather. Putting a pause on your day and practicing deep breathing is another way to stress less.

Find Your Confidence
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Psoriasis causes lesions and rough patches on the skin, which, understandably, could affect sufferers’ self-esteem and confidence. In fact, according to one survey, more than half of women and 45% of men experience lower self-confidence because of psoriasis. Don’t let a lack of confidence get the best of you. Instead, find a support group and spend time with friends. Being around people who love and support you will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

Stay Active
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Exercise is probably the last thing on your mind if you’re suffering from psoriatic arthritis, but it’s probably the most beneficial thing you can do for your joints. Walking, cycling, yoga, swimming and Tai Chi are easy ways to increase strength, keep your joints loose and limber, and decrease your chances of developing a related condition such as heart disease, chronic respiratory problem, diabetes or stroke. Another bonus? Exercise also reduces stress and boosts confidence. 

Get Schooled
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Living better with psoriatic arthritis starts with educating yourself about the condition itself. Get started with our health tools:

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