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Why A Positive Attitude Helps In Coping With Arthritis Pain - Part 1

By Cathy Posner

Why A Positive Attitude Helps In Coping With Arthritis Pain - Part 1

Think Positive To Relieve Arthritis Pain.

My name is Cathy Posner and I live in Wauchope which is on

the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. I was

born in 1957 and in late 2004 was told that the aches in my

joints were Rheumatoid Arthritis.

My husband, Ray has a very positive approach to everything

and I guess that has rubbed off on me, so rather than sit

back and let things progress I decided to see what I could

do for myself.

Let me give you an example of Ray's positive attitude. In

September 2003 he had to have open heart surgery to replace

his aortic valve. We live on 160 acres so before he went

into hospital he slashed a walking track so that he could

regularly exercise when he came out of hospital.

Not only that he left the tractor set up for slashing. Four

weeks after surgery, even though he was not allowed to lift

anything heavier that a 2 liter bottle of milk (about 4

pints) he got the OK to slash the paddocks as long as he did

big easy turns at the end of each run. (Actually I think he

secretly enjoyed having me open the car door for him and

carry the groceries.)

So, as you can see, in his mind there was no way that he

wasn't going to get back to a normal life as quickly as

possible, but within the guidelines of what the Doctors told


Now when you live with someone like that it's hard not to

take a positive approach.

How can having a positive attitude help you in your fight

against the pain and difficulties arthritis can cause?

I know some of you already reading this have a positive

approach so please bear with me.

As I was saying Ray's positive attitude helped him in his

recovery. I don't know how much pain he was in but I can

imagine it was considerable. After all you don't have your

sternum sawn in half and rejoined without pain.

In fact for some time he had to clutch a folded towel to his

chest whenever he coughed or went to the bathroom but he

never complained once.

He just got on with life within the restraints set by the

Doctors and in fact even started a new business while he was


OK you might ask "how does this relate to me"? I know pain

can be an all consuming, overpowering feeling but you need

to get your mind off it.

If you sit back and wallow in self-pity your days and nights

will drag, you will become depressed (or even more

depressed) and your pain feeds upon itself - your mind

magnifies the intensity of your pain and you feel even


If this describes you and my comments offend you then I am

sorry but hopefully what I am about to say will be a "wake

up call for you.

What are the benefits of having a positive attitude? Well to

start with your mind can be trained to focus on things other

that your pain. When it does, your pain is shut out creating

a sense of feeling better. This feeling feeds on itself in

the same way that if you allow yourself to focus on your

pain, it seems to get worse.

Can you learn to have a positive attitude? Of course you

can. If you are still breathing you have the ability to

learn. And really it is not so much "learning but altering

the state of your mind.

All you need is the desire to help yourself, to get relief

from your pain and overcome obstacles that your arthritis

creates for you.

May I suggest some things you can do?

How is your lifestyle? Do you look after yourself? Your

wellbeing is very important to how you feel and

influences how you think.

Diet and Exercise are important to your overall health. If

you are not eating correctly and doing some exercise within

your limits, you are not helping yourself in your fight to get

arthritis pain relief.

To read more about diet, foods that can help, foods to

avoid and to get some great tips on getting started with

exercise simply click on the link at the end of this article

and then follow the links on the home page.

I recommend you read a book on Positive Thinking. There

are some excellent publications available and most will give

you the tools you need.

Sit down and relax. Think back to when you didn't have the

inconvenience and pain of arthritis. Pick a point in time

when you were doing something that you enjoyed.

Now focus on that thing. Experience it again. Feel the

emotion associated with it. Live it. Breathe it. Be there -

in your mind be that person that you were then.

Do this 2 or 3 times a day for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

Tip: if you sit down and find you go to sleep, try standing


This technique helps to reprogram your subconscious to think

"pain free and you should find that your pain decreases or

may actually "go away".

You can also use this anytime your pain starts to get the

better of you. Just go back to that time when you were pain

free and allow your mind to again experience that feeling.

This really works. But don't just do it once - you must do

it every day, without fail and you will soon see the


Cathy Posner

About The Author

Cathy Posner is an arthritis sufferer and lives in Wauchope, New South Wales, Australia. Her website is as a result of personal research and where arthritis sufferers can find up-to-date advice and information on arthritis pain relief.

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