Life with lupus can be a bit more challenging! Here are some tips to make it just that little bit easier.
Vitamin D – low levels of vitamin D have been shown to worsen the outcome of diseases, cause depression and increase the chances of having a bad symptoms from covid-19. As patients with lupus often have deficiencies, having a vitamin D tablet each day can help. If you are unsure about where to start, talk to your doctor first.
Use sun cream – a high number of people living with lupus have light sensitivity. Using sun cream can help protect your skin from the sun’s rays and therefore hopefully prevent you from having a flare up.
Make sure you have lots of sleep – lack of sleep can have a huge effect on your mood and lupus. Try to have at least 9 hours of sleep a night!
Take care of yourself – ‘self-care isn’t selfish’! you should never hold back when it comes to taking care of yourself. Listen to what your body is saying; if you need to rest you should!
Be transparent with your doctor – life with lupus can unfortunately mean that you have to spend a lot of time at hospital. It is important that you tell your doctor everything so that they can try to help you out as much as possible.
Eat healthy – it is important that you find the right foods! For some, certain foods can be a trigger and therefore must be avoided. Once you know what you can and can’t eat it is important that you fill your diet with lots of healthy and nutritious foods.
If you are unsure about following any of these steps, please speak to your doctor beforehand.