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Top Stress Management Tips for Living with Arthritis or Orthopedic Conditions

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Living with arthritis or orthopedic conditions might mean that your future feels different than it once did and can cause additional stress. Social workers at Hospital for Special Surgery offer tips to help manage stress:

1. Increase positive self-talk and set reasonable goals

2. Speak with your health care provider about ways to become more active without overdoing it or aggravating an injury: try walking or yoga

3. Connect more with others, as it can be energizing

4. Keep a personal journal to express heartfelt thoughts

5. Learn meditation or other forms of relaxation to increase a sense of well-being

6. Be assertive about your needs, while understanding loved ones may experience their own stressors

7. Consider professional therapy: about 60% of psychotherapists are social workers

Hospital for Special Surgery offers support programs, groups and other resources for patients and the community, read more: https://hss.edu/support-programs.asp

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.