A new year means new resolutions. For arthritis patients-or anyone looking to be smarter about his or her health this year-we asked several Cleveland Clinic experts for their resolution recommendations to overcome pain and increase your function in 2016. You know how it works: Too much stress prevents you from eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly. When you miss the boat on these important things, you get more stressed out, which releases more cortisol, a hormone that causes pain. Lots of it. This keeps you awake all night and can make the next day unbearable. Cleveland Clinic sports medicine specialist Evan Peck, MD, at the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, says patients can help reduce their joint pain (and stress levels, too) by making these resolutions for self-improvement: lose weight and exercise regularly.