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Make the Holidays Free of Pandemonium and Pain

The yearend holidays are supposed to be a time of merriment, reflection and enjoying the company of family and friends. But for many, the hustle and bustle of the season can be bone-rattling, literally and figuratively. If you battle arthritis, this time of year can be even more stressful and difficult. And that, in turn, can aggravate joint pain.Continue readingMake the Holidays Free of Pandemonium and Pain

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Got Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

Embracinggratitudecan make it easier to deal with family drama during the holidays. And it also may help you to manage your arthritis. Research found that thankfulness helps people feel happier and more optimistic, even when things aren’t going well. It strengthens personal relationships and can alsoimprove physical health.Continue readingGot Arthritis Blues? Focus on Gratitude this Season and Beyond

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Community Spotlight 2018: What Are You Grateful for This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is a time where many of us reflect upon the things in our lives that we feel most grateful for. While having arthritis can be difficult physically and emotionally, we asked our community to come up with some of the reasons they can count their blessings this year. Here are some of our favorite responses!

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Bust Post-Holiday Blues

For some people, the New Year isn’t a fresh start as much as it is a time of sadness.


Peopleprone to depression——包括许多患有关节炎的人——可能需要医生的帮助。但如果你只是感到节后抑郁,试试这些策略。

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Peace Talk: Preserving Family Harmony During the Holidays

你是否曾经带着紧张的气氛离开过一个家庭度假聚会,并发誓说,明年,你会去一个很远很远的地方?These events sometimes ratchet upanxiety and stress, which are not only unpleasant but also can undermine your health and well-being. Take heart. Here, three experts offer different approaches to help you keep the peace and ward off stress.

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Arthritis-Friendly Cranberry Recipes

Whether you’re serving them up in a sauce or stringing them for decorations, cranberries are a cheerful holiday staple. The brightberries are packed with antioxidants and fiber, providing cardiovascular and immune support. The problem is that we normally eat these tart berries in super-sweetened products. But by making your own cranberry treats, like these, you can get the nutritional perks without a sugar overload.

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Family gatherings can be occasions to celebrate – or to dread. You look forward to seeing some relatives, but others leave you stressed.

The first step is to take care of yourself, says clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula, PhD, a professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

“Protect your time and space,” she says. “Get your own room at a hotel or Airbnb [if you’re traveling]. Explain that you can’t stay up late.” When you’re rested and in control of your arthritis, you can more easily deal with annoyances and enjoy this “most wonderful time of the year.”

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