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FATIGUE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA): SETTING PRIORITIES

Posted on March 9, 2011, under Arthritis.

Your energy is most limited when your RA is flaring, and at these times it may not be possible for you to do everything you would like to do or feel that you should do. At these times you need to be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do. Start by setting priorities. Make lists of things to do, and then prioritize those things. Decide to do first what absolutely must be done, and cross out everything that has the word should connected to it: “I should iron my dress.” Instead, select a dress to wear that doesn’t need ironing, even if you just wore it last week. Being fashion conscious at the expense of energy is a low priority. “I should do some dusting tonight.” The dust isn’t going anywhere! Put that task aside until you have more energy, or consider assigning that task to someone else.
After you have thrown out the shoulds, divide the remaining tasks into steps. Discard the all-or-nothing philosophy. (Cleaning day -”I must do all my cleaning in one day so my whole house is clean at one time”-is an example of an all-or-nothing item you may find on your list.) Do a little each day, and eventually it will all get done.
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FATIGUE AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA): SETTING PRIORITIES¬†Your energy is most limited when your RA is flaring, and at these times it may not be possible for you to do everything you would like to do or feel that you should do. At these times you need to be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do. Start by setting priorities. Make lists of things to do, and then prioritize those things. Decide to do first what absolutely must be done, and cross out everything that has the word should connected to it: “I should iron my dress.” Instead, select a dress to wear that doesn’t need ironing, even if you just wore it last week. Being fashion conscious at the expense of energy is a low priority. “I should do some dusting tonight.” The dust isn’t going anywhere! Put that task aside until you have more energy, or consider assigning that task to someone else.After you have thrown out the shoulds, divide the remaining tasks into steps. Discard the all-or-nothing philosophy. (Cleaning day -”I must do all my cleaning in one day so my whole house is clean at one time”-is an example of an all-or-nothing item you may find on your list.) Do a little each day, and eventually it will all get done.*49/209/5*

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