You play a big part in your care. You know about managing pain, about exercise, mindfulness, and making life easier. Try to maintain a healthy diet, Dr. Bronfort says, not only for whole-body health, but to prevent excess weight gain, no friend to anyone with AS. Managing self-care means putting yourself and your health first, and not feeling guilty about it. Tune into any feelings of depression or anxiety, and don't hesitate to get professional help when you need it, or join a support group.