If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fatigue may be a big part of your everyday life. People with RA may have limited amounts of energy each day, so finding small ways to conserve that energy is important. Here are a few tips:
Tips to Help Maximize Energy Throughout the Day
Rise and Shine
Set reasonable goals for the day and prioritize them. Make sure to plan downtime for yourself!
Keep Up with Treatment
Remember to take your medications by setting reminders or taking them along with a daily task, like brushing your teeth.
Think Outside the Box
Use cooking tongs to retrieve items stored out of reach, or put travel scissors in your purse to open small condiment packets.
Even light exercises – like walking, stretching, and yoga – may help with fatigue by increasing strength and releasing endorphins, which help to reduce pain. Remember to speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program.
Take a Break
Rest will allow you to recover for more activities.
Grab a Snack
Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like leafy greens, walnuts, and salmon, may help your body to fight inflammation.
Soothe Your Joints
Ask your doctor or physical therapist whether such measures as wearing a splint to reduce stress on joints may be right for you.
Enlist the help of friends and family when you need an extra hand.
Make – or order in – enough food to create a few days of leftovers.
Create a List
Plan for the next day and cross out 2-3 things that don’t really have to get done.
Consider treating soreness with a soothing Epsom salt bath.
Go to Bed Early
Being well rested can help improve your overall sense of well-being. Be sure to disconnect from your electronic devices 30 minutes before bed.