Marianna Paulson is known as AuntieStress. On her website, you’ll find links to her two award-winning blogs, Auntie Stress Café and A Rheumful of Tips. When she is not helping clients (and herself) address stress, she keeps active by swimming, dog walking, and taking frequent dance breaks. She takes steps in a number of different directions in order to work on being a “Superager.” She may have RA, but it doesn’t have her! “Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” - Dalai Lama XIV

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis

Latest by Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

Meal Prep in a Snap With RA

Smart meal prep can make a hectic week of cooking easier, but what if you have RA? These tips will take stress — and joint pain — off the menu.

Why RA Can Cause Hearing Loss and How Best to Handle It

Studies show people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have hearing loss. If you think you might be affected by this symptom, here are tips for how to seek diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes to optimize your hearing.

How Essential Oils Can Help Your RA

Aside from the fact that they smell delightful, using essential oils can actually help with RA symptoms like sleeplessness, muscle tightness, and headache.

Relief Has Arrived for Your Stiff and Sore Hands

Pain and swelling in your hands can be par for the course when it comes to living with RA. But simple at-home remedies like soaking your hands, or using a roller ball massager, can make all the difference.

Factors to Consider When Choosing The Right RA Treatment For YOU

There is no shortage of RA treatment options these days — to the extent that it can almost be overwhelming. Here are some tips on navigating the choices that are available to you.

Is Your Doctor's Office Arthritis-Friendly?

When you go to your rheumatologist, naturopath, massage therapist, or other specialist, do you feel like the office was made for you, or is it extremely hard to navigate? If it’s the latter, maybe you should share this list of arthritis-friendly office tips with your doctor’s office (hint, hint).

Breaking the RA Pain Cycle — With Your Mind

It may seem silly — or impossible — but just as you trained your brain to know how to walk, or drive a car, you can also train your brain to push past the pain of your RA.

Diet Challenges With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can mess with your appetite, and your medications can make you gain weight. Follow these tips to improve your relationship with food.

Fight RA Brain Fog With These Tips

You’ve heard of “pregnancy brain” and “baby brain,” but did you know that “RA-brain” is a thing, too?

8 Baby Steps to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Don't let the unpredictability of rheumatoid arthritis stop you from working toward your goals. Start with these baby steps and celebrate the small wins.