11 RA Matters Life Hacks

Find ways to integrate a few of these life hacks into your daily routines.

The following hacks are designed to be information solutions to real problems of living with RA. These insights have been informed by our editorial board members Cheryl Koehn and Neil Betteridge, whom you can read more about here.

Life hack #1

Cook multiple batches of meals, which you can freeze, to reduce the number of days that you need to prepare food.

BENEFIT
Reduce the strain on your hands that results from cooking a new meal every day.

Life hack #2

Use heating pads on painful areas to soothe stiff joints and tired muscles. Remember, do not apply heat to an inflamed joint.1

BENEFIT
Reduce joint pain and stiffness.1

Life hack #3

Add a keyring or piece of string to your zipper for a larger surface area to grip onto.

BENEFIT
Make it easier for yourself to grip and hold objects.

Life hack #4

Keep gel packs in your freezer to use on inflamed joints to reduce swelling.1

BENEFIT
Decreased pain and swelling.1

Life hack #5

Replace the mouse on your computer with a vertical mouse.2

BENEFIT
Reduce the strain on your hands that results from working on your computer.

Life hack #6

Use a high stool in kitchen to sit on when preparing meals.

BENEFIT
Take the pressure off of your joints while cooking.

Life hack #7

Take time to stretch and move around regularly –it stops you stiffening up.

BENEFIT
Keeping active has multiple benefits for your joints.

Life hack #8

If you feel self-conscious about your swollen joints at the gym, try wearing weight-lifting gloves.

BENEFIT
Find a physical activity that works for you and your RA.

Life hack #9

Explore car-sharing options for your commute to work to ease the pressure of driving.

BENEFIT
Reduce straining your hands during your daily commute.

Life hack #10

Delegate your chores (if you can). Enlist family members to take over the things that are difficult and painful for you to do.

BENEFIT
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your loved ones.

Life hack #11

Use a scale from one to ten or a series of faces, ranging from happy to anguished, to communicate to your children how you are feeling that day.

BENEFIT
Find new ways to communicate your feelings to your family.

Find ways to integrate a few of these life hacks into your daily routines.

The following hacks are designed to be information solutions to real problems of living with RA. These insights have been informed by our editorial board members Cheryl Koehn and Neil Betteridge, whom you can read more about here.

Life hack #1

Cook multiple batches of meals, which you can freeze, to reduce the number of days that you need to prepare food.

BENEFIT
Reduce the strain on your hands that results from cooking a new meal every day.

Life hack #2

Use heating pads on painful areas to soothe stiff joints and tired muscles. Remember, do not apply heat to an inflamed joint.1

BENEFIT
Reduce joint pain and stiffness.1

Life hack #3

Add a keyring or piece of string to your zipper for a larger surface area to grip onto.

BENEFIT
Make it easier for yourself to grip and hold objects.

Life hack #4

Keep gel packs in your freezer to use on inflamed joints to reduce swelling.1

BENEFIT
Decreased pain and swelling.1

Life hack #5

Replace the mouse on your computer with a vertical mouse.2

BENEFIT
Reduce the strain on your hands that results from working on your computer.

Life hack #6

Use a high stool in kitchen to sit on when preparing meals.

BENEFIT
Take the pressure off of your joints while cooking.

Life hack #7

Take time to stretch and move around regularly –it stops you stiffening up.

BENEFIT
Keeping active has multiple benefits for your joints.

Life hack #8

If you feel self-conscious about your swollen joints at the gym, try wearing weight-lifting gloves.

BENEFIT
Find a physical activity that works for you and your RA.

Life hack #9

Explore car-sharing options for your commute to work to ease the pressure of driving.

BENEFIT
Reduce straining your hands during your daily commute.

Life hack #10

Delegate your chores (if you can). Enlist family members to take over the things that are difficult and painful for you to do.

BENEFIT
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your loved ones.

Life hack #11

Use a scale from one to ten or a series of faces, ranging from happy to anguished, to communicate to your children how you are feeling that day.

BENEFIT
Find new ways to communicate your feelings to your family.

References

References: 1. Arthritis Society. Rheumatoid Arthritis: what is rheumatoid arthritis. Accessed May 3, 2018 at: https://www.arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/arthritis-types-(a-z)/types/rheumatoid-arthritis

References: 2. Zamosky L. 20 gifts for adults or children with rheumatoid arthritis. Accessed July 23, 2018 at: https://www.health.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/20-gifts-for-adults-or-children-with-arthritis