A serious health problem can disrupt all aspects of your life. Many serious health problems seem to develop unexpectedly, upsetting your life out of the blue. You may feel overwhelmed by waves of difficult emotions, from fear and worry to profound sadness, despair, and grief, or just numb, frozen by shock or the feeling that you’ll never be able to cope. The emotional upheaval can make it difficult to function or think straight, and even lead to mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Here are some ways to help cope with lupus:
Recognise a flare warning sign Tune in to your lupus. If you take heed to the signals, you may be able to predict and ward off a flare. You and your doctor can intervene before it gets out of hand. Contact your doctor if you notice a flare coming on and don’t dismiss symptoms to try and be strong.
Make adjustments You may still be able to work or go to school while on your lupus journey. You will have to make some changes and adjustments to help you on your lupus journey. Remember you need to do what’s right for you to stay healthy.
Manage stress Emotional stress is known to be a cause of lupus flares, so it’s important to manage and reduce stress. Stress also has a direct effect on pain and can make it worse. Consider using deep breathing and relaxation techniques to help you relax. Stress can be reduced by exercising, eating healthier foods, getting enough rest and making time for yourself.
Find support In order to navigate the emotional tides of lupus, it can be extremely beneficial to seek support from others. This support can come through an online support group, a community group, a trusted friend or family member or a therapist. Get the support you need in order to talk openly about lupus and its Impact in your life.
Coping with lupus Learning to live in a constant state of fatigue and chronic pain that can come with lupus is likely to take a toll on your mind and body. This can make you feel frustrated and hopeless at times. To help you deal with lupus, you have to do things that will help you fend off, lessen the severity or remove flares. It takes some time to figure out what works but it’s important to find those things to live well beyond lupus.
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.