10 Best Ways to Distract Yourself from Pain

by Lene Andersen, MSW Patient Advocate

Pain is often unavoidable for most in the RA community. When pain does strike, you may sometimes feel your only avenue is to succumb and wallow in self-pity. But, here's a better idea—go for a distraction from the pain. While you may have to push yourself to muster the strength, it will certainly feel better to laugh, than to cry.

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*Thank you to For Grace and their annual Women in Pain Conference for inspiring this topic on healthy ways to distract yourself from chronic pain.

Lene  Andersen, MSW
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Lene Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View. Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.