We like to think of fall and winter as festive seasons – leaves changing color, apple cider brewing, pumpkins being carved, snow leaving a beautiful white blanket over your lawn. But when you’re living with arthritis, you may find the brisk fall breeze and winter chill aren’t as welcome. Legend has it, aches and pains can predict the first snowfall.

If you have this predictive power, let us know, but we’re more concerned with the here and now: how do you reduce winter flare-ups?

Here are a few cold-weather tips to try:

01 Layer Up

Okay, maybe this feels obvious, but you’re going to want to stay toasty warm when you’re outside, without melting down in the warmth of a heated office or home.

02 Guzzle down the Good Stuff

Hydration is essential for living with arthritis because dehydration can actually make you more sensitive to pain (scientific study here). Are you getting enough water? Find tips here.

03 Roast up some Veggies

Fall and winter veggies are packed with antioxidants that fight inflammation. Leafy greens like kale are at the top of our list because they’re packed with vitamin D. In the winter, you’re less likely to get enough vitamin D from its natural source (the sun), and research suggests vitamin D may play a role in pain sensitivity as well! Need inspiration? Check out our antiinflammatory roasting guide for RA (click here) and psoriatic arthritis (click here).

04 Motion is Medicine

Moving more can help you with arthritis pain all year round – but (and this is a big but) finding low impact exercises you enjoy is essential. Get inspiration here.

05 Indulge in Self Care

When’s the last time you soaked in a hot tub or treated yourself to a massage? A massage can be medicinal!  Learn more here.

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