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Try active coping with arthritis. Active coping focuses directly on the problem and actively seeks to solve or relieve it, while taking personal responsibility to do so. Some ways in which people actively cope with arthritis include:

* Seeking information about the disease and its treatment

* Alternating periods of rest with periods of activity

* Adapting the physical environment at work and home

* Cognitive restructuring (reframing negative things into positive, “fixing” cognitive distortions, looking on the sunny side)

* Diverting attention away from pain (through practices such as relaxation, guided imagery, changing thought processes or activities such as reading, artwork, or socializing)

Koehn, C., Palmer, T., Esdaile, J. Rheumatoid Arthritis Plan to Win. Oxford University Press. Oxford: 2002.

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