Embrace Your Inner Self When You Have RA

Use these tips and tricks to help boost your self-esteem and self-confidence when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Stacey Feintuch
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7. Show off your pearly whites. Being greeted with a warm smile can help you feel better about yourself, according to a study. Pay attention to the friends and the family members who bring you down, and to those who build you up, and make more time for the latter. The result can be improved self-esteem.

8. Remember your eyes. Next discussion you have, maintain eye contact the entire time. Your conversation partner will perceive you as relaxed and self-confident, which will also put them at ease. The bonus: All those good vibes will be reflected back to you.

If you have prolonged self-esteem issues, talk with your healthcare provider. They may suggest that you speak with a mental healthcare professional.

April 2013