Marianna Paulson

Marianna Paulson, Patient Expert

Marianna Paulson is known as @AuntieStress. On her website, you’ll find links to her two award-winning blogs, Auntie Stress Café and the award-winning 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

Work Accommodations and Dealing with a Colleague's Resentment

Credit: Thinkstock When you live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), managing to get through your work day can be challenging enough. Fatigue, brain fog, pain, and the inability to do what is physically required of you can prove stressful. However, there...
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Life With RA: It's the Little Things

Credit: Thinkstock When you live with rheumatoid arthritis, it’s often the little things–things that many people take for granted–that can present big challenges on a daily basis. There are challenges that can exhaust you, frustrate you, and prevent ...
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Using Sports Psychology to Live Better with RA

Credit: Thinkstock A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) does not necessarily mean that you must let go of your goals and dreams. Instead, by combining a sprinkling of your life before RA, a dash of creative thinking, a dollop of brain science, an...
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Learn to Love Yourself With RA

Beating yourself up for having RA isn’t going to do you any good - and you’re already going through enough. Follow these steps to develop more self-compassion.
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How to Judge When to Take a Sick Day

Personal Day. Mental Health Day. Sick Day. When you work and have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), any one, or all of those titles might apply to your decision to take a day off work.
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Improving Your Communication with RA

People who live with a chronic illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), may face challenges from “outside perceptions." How others perceive your conditions may leave you feeling isolated, irritated, angry, sad, or misunderstood. Outside perce...
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How to Handle Anger

RA can cause frustration and anger, but there are ways to cope with these emotions. Here are some tips you may want to try next time.
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