Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all related. Improving your wellness in one area can help with the others.
Mental health is a positive sense of well-being or feeling like you can enjoy life and manage challenges. Good well-being doesn’t mean you won’t face challenges or feel upset at times—it means you can cope with those feelings or situations.
Here are some ways to help with your well-being:
Some people with chronic health problems like OA may face more serious mental health problems, such as:
You know it’s important to take care of yourself overall. Even things that you don’t think are related to your OA can help you cope with your symptoms.
Sleep Sleep is an important part of your physical and mental wellness. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mood and how you feel overall. Sleep is important because it:
Try these tips for
getting better sleep.
Dental health A healthy mouth affects your overall health. Learn about basic dental care and why it’s important.
Quitting smoking Smoking affects more than your lungs. Smoking affects the blood flow in your whole body, including to your bones and joints. If you smoke and you’re thinking about quitting, now is the time. Bringing your body back to its best health will help you manage your OA even better.
Learn more about
deciding if you’re ready to quit smoking and find
resources to help you quit smoking.
Current as of: October 2, 2020
Author: Bone & Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, AHS
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