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Anxiety and isolation

For many, Covid-19 has changed the way that we go about our normal life; from meeting up with friends, going to the shop and even attending doctors’ appointments. For people who suffer from chronic illnesses, such as lupus, this isolation may be something that they have been experiencing for years due to symptom flare ups and anxiety.

Here are some tips to help you to reduce your feeling of loneliness and anxiety during this uncertain time:

  • Surround yourself with supportive and meaningful relationships – although current government guidelines stop us from mixing with our loved ones, there are other ways of staying in contact. Try to speak to one of your friends or a member of your family over facetime or skype once a day. A good support system can help to reduce your anxiety and take your mind off certain things.

  • Another great way to socialise is to join groups with other lupus warriors; you will find groups on Facebook where you can speak to people that you can relate to!

  • Work life balance – for a lot of people, working from home will have become the new normal. Many people have said that they find it hard to ‘turn off’ when working from home. Make sure you set up a work area in your house and leave that area when your work day is done to destress and relax.

  • Sleep – as well as being essential for functioning on a day-to-day basis, sleep is also crucial in ensuring that you have a good mood and your body is functioning properly. By having a good sleeping pattern and keeping your body healthy, you may help to reduce your risk of having a symptom flare up.

  • Keeping fit and healthy – everyone knows that regular exercise and eating a healthy diet is important to keeping your body healthy; but it can do so much more. Exercise and a healthy diet can also help you to keep energised, destress, improve your mental health as well as so much more.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your symptoms please call or email on

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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