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.

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.

Does This Pill Make Me Look Fat?

It’s hard enough to have a healthy relationship with food at the best of times, but when you have RA, there are some extra challenges. Medications can make you gain weight, make you nauseous, or cause you to lose your appetite. It’s time to build a h...

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 Managing RA

It doesn’t always have to be huge monumental steps that help you manage your RA. Baby steps count, too.

10 Experienced-Based Gifts for People with Chronic Illness

Sometimes an experience and having that memory is the best gift you can give/get.

How to Learn Your Family's Health History and Why It Matters

Why you should find out your family’s health history while you can — before it’s too late.