Impact of Stress On Rheumatoid Arthritis
These days it is so normal to have stress. We have been taking stress all these years without knowing the negative impact it is having on our bodies. Even I experienced the same thing whenever I used to take a lot of stress-related to work I would experience an immediate flare-up.
According to studies conducted by arthritis Research and Therapy:
- Stress tends to aggravate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- People who have experienced any kind of trauma in the past were more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
- it is very common to have depression and a history of abuse among rheumatoid arthritis patients.
I have also observed that whenever I would be stressed I would experience a higher level of pain in my joints. This clearly indicates that stress can increase symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. This also applies to other autoimmune conditions like systemic lupus erythematosus.
When suffering from such a painful condition, the pain creates more stress inside the body and the stress in return causes more pain. Therefore it is very important to learn the art of meditation in order to break this vicious cycle of stress and pain.
Some of the tips for stress management are as follows:
- Stress can also be called a physical or psychological reaction to external stimuli. So consciously choose to stay calm in the situation that may trigger stress.
- Develop a regular exercise routine. Exercises also help to release positive hormones in the body that can help to handle stress positively.
- Get around 8 hours of sleep which is required for the body to heal the damaged tissues of the body.
- The damage which has been done by the long term exposure to stressful situations.