Benefits of Journaling For Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers
How do you manage the stress caused by rheumatoid arthritis? How do you manage the
stress in your life that can cause rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups? One of the top
rated things you can do to manage all kinds of stress is journaling.
Research has shown that over 47 percent of a group of test subjects with rheumatoid
arthritis monitored over a period of time improved their health through journaling
stressful events. In the same group 23 percent improved with daily journaling of
the days' events while 21 percent declined. The reason for the decline or improvement
was not determined, but the difference in health before and after journaling was
So how do you get started with a journal? What kinds of things do you record? Some
basic ideas would include journaling information that pertains to your rheumatoid
arthritis condition-daily medication and dosage, pain experienced and the absence
of pain, exercise, diet, and any stressful events.
By journaling diet and exercise you can track things that either help or cause flare-ups.
Evaluating your progress with exercise and diet provides encouragement to continue
as well as discovering things to avoid.
Research shows that stress affects rheumatoid arthritis and may even be linked to
its cause or initial onset. So tracking stressful events helps you to determine
what things you might work to avoid.
Studies show that the process of writing about stressful events often relieves the
stress of the event. By thinking it through in order to write it down we analyze
the situation and often see it differently or see things we can do to alleviate
the stress that we wouldn't have thought about otherwise.
Stress is strongly linked to rheumatoid arthritis pain and finding ways to deal
with that pain are essential to those who suffer from this disease. Journaling is
an easy way to begin to deal with the stresses that both afflict us and result in
greater pain from rheumatoid arthritis.