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Come in, get comfy and have a cuppa with us. We know sometimes you just need a friend, a hug, and time to care for the ‘you’ inside. We understand that arthritis affects lives in ways beyond the physical; it can hurt your emotions, your self-esteem and cause worries too. This section is a hug in words, seeking to help.

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Love in the Time of Covid

How sexy and loved up are you feeling right now? Chances are, you’re either cooped up with your beloved other half, who’s driving you mad with their inability to locate…

Afraid to talk honestly about how arthritis really makes you feel? Here’s help to beat the fear

Everyone struggles to express themselves sometimes. As human beings, we all want to be accepted, and we fear that drawing attention to something different about ourselves might end in rejection.…

Walking with Arthritis: Katherine’s Story

Katherine is 28 and has spondylosis – she is here to share her experiences, tips and tricks on how to keep moving with arthritis.

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Hacked off with life right now? It’s OK

It’s OK to feel low, worried, frustrated, angry or all four – arthritis can have that effect. Here’s what else is OK: If you feel any one of the ‘difficult’…

A brief introduction to mindfulness

Mindfulness has been shown to help reduce stress, anxiety and even pain. What's more, anyone can do it, anywhere. Here's how If your first thought is that mindfulness sounds a…

Chronic Pain and Sex

Let's talk about sex baby. Let's talk about you and me. No, for real, let's talk about sex. There's an estimated 12 million people (couples) who deal with chronic pain…

How to cope with post-diagnosis blues

© Sammo Sammo Relief can strike after an arthritis diagnosis, but low feelings can too. Clinical psychologist Dr Caroline Stokes offers her advice for this tricky period So you've been…

Uplifting songs for rubbish days

Photo by Bethan / CC Total TUNES chosen by the experts to brighten your lives When you’re having a real stinker of a day with your arthritis, a beautiful song…

Summer’s here and I’m taking on the body shamers!

Warmer weather means more body on show, and with that can come funny looks. But, how liberating it feels not to care Summer is here, and along with it comes…

Is arthritis killing your sex life? Here’s how to enjoy lovemaking again

Picture posed by models. © Sex. It's not easy to talk about. It's not easy to be confident about, for anyone! If you have arthritis, you might also be worried…

How to build up your body confidence

Photo by Infra-leve / CC Does the thought of showing your body make you want to hide? It's time to build your body confidence! Jenny Wood writes... Your symptoms change…

“Actually, I do have some questions…”

© Newly diagnosed? Here are eight crucial questions to set you on a positive path Kat Macfarlane writes for Arthur's Place: Finding out that you have rheumatoid arthritis (“RA”)…

Imagine if you could change how you feel about your arthritis. Now start that journey here

Picture posed by model. Find out about this talking therapy which is helping people start living life again despite their symptoms Think about this - how would your life…

Why it helps to feel in control

There are emotional benefits to feeling on top of your arthritis admin, discovers Collette McColgan When you become an adult after being diagnosed with arthritis at a young age, it…

Video 1 – Recognising the struggle

Step one is understanding you don't need to put life on hold So, you've read our Introduction to Acceptance & Commitment Therapy as part of our START LIVING AGAIN WELLNESS…

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