Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week – Raising awareness for a hidden disease.
September 7th to 13th marks 2020’s Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Awareness Week – an annual event that aims to raise awareness of the condition and educate the public of the impact that it can have on the sufferers and the people around them. Considering the ongoing pandemic, this year’s focus is on physical and mental well-being. Carry on reading to find out more about RA, and discover the five steps the NHS suggest for maintaining mental well-being…
The hidden autoimmune condition affects not only the joints but also vital organs such as the heart and lungs. As the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints, sufferers often experience inflammation and stiffness which can have a huge impact on the life of the sufferer and their family.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect people at any age, and with no known cure sufferers face many years of pain. There have been advances in medicine meaning there are now many effective medical treatments. In addition, natural remedies are also available including Pernaton Gel and Capsules – for reducing pain and symptoms both internally and externally with the magical green-lipped mussel extract, Perna.
Those living with the disease can often be left bed-ridden, hence why mental wellbeing is so important – and that is why this is such a focus in this most obscure of years.
Here are the five ways the NHS and the NRAS suggest for improving your mental wellbeing:
- Connect with other people – meeting up with a friend can provide a two-way support system and having face-to-face human interaction does wonders for mental health. Maybe go for a socially distanced walk or invite someone over for a coffee!
- Be physically active – being active is not only great for your physical health but also great for your mental wellbeing. If you can’t get out the house, try walking around the house or up and down the stairs!
- Learn a new skill – learning a new skill has been proven to increase self-esteem and self-confidence. Whether you complete an online course in something that interests you or you take part in a new activity, there are plenty of skills out there to choose from.
- Give to others – giving to others creates positive feelings and a sense of reward. See what you can do for an elderly neighbour who may be shielding or donate to a local charity!
- Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness) – this can help you enjoy life more, understand yourself better and change the way you approach challenges.
As a hidden condition, the sufferers may not appear to be living with the disease, so the importance of RA Awareness Week is evermore justified for raising awareness of the condition. The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society will be holding Facebook Live sessions throughout the week on a variety of topics, and a full timetable can be found here.