Staying Strong with Arthritis

Post these motivational quotations in a prominent location.

Mature black woman with arthritis relaxing at the pier

Arthritis may not be something you signed up for. But life doesn't have to be any less sweet just because you have it. Staying positive about your situation and cultivating a proactive approach to managing your symptoms will take you far. And if you need a little help staying motivated, print these inspirational thoughts and quotations and post them somewhere you'll see them when you need a little mental boost.

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
— Anthony J. D'Angelo

Dealing with the pain and uncertainty of arthritis can be a challenge. And a smile won't fix everything. But the more positive you are, the easier it will be to take good care of yourself.

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
— Carol Welch

Movement really is like medicine when it comes to arthritis. Follow your doctor's advice for physical activity. It can do really great things for your body, like ease pain and stiffness, improve your flexibility and mobility, banish stress, and help control your weight.

"If we're not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn't settle for junk food."
— Sally Edwards

Why eat foods that do nothing for your body, when there are so many that not only offer amazing health benefits but taste divine as well? Make it a game to explore new types of fresh, nutrient-rich fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds at every meal. Your joints will thank you for it!

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."
— Sydney J. Harris

Relaxation is an important part of healthy living—especially if you have achy joints. So listen to your body and give it what it needs, whether it's a cat nap, a heating pad on a hurting knee, or a few deep breaths to help clear your mind. Rest and relaxation will help you stay strong both mentally and physically.

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