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.
*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 is the Community Leader for HealthCentral’s RA Community. Lene (pronounced Lena) is an award-winning writer, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. She’s 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. Follow Lene on Twitter @TheSeatedView and on Facebook. Watch her story on HealthCentral.