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Stress is a normal part of life. Too much of it, however, can be taxing to the body. The holiday season is a time of additional stress for many people and it can be even more challenging for people with lupus.

Family relationships, finances, and the physical demands of the holiday season are all common triggers of stress. Holiday festivities mean spending additional time with family, which can heighten relationship issues for some people.

A good way of preventing holiday stress is by planning ahead and prioritizing. Try and work within the four A’s to get through with minimal stress and flares.

1. Avoid: Avoid the people and things that upset you or cause too much stress. One way of practicing avoidance is by saying no. You don’t have to be around those who you know will stress you our and upset your mood.

2. Alter: If you find that the normal holiday season routine is too fatiguing, alter your expectations. If loved ones aren’t respecting your needs, respectfully ask them to alter their behavior. You can also alter what your response will be and what your plans are. If being with family will cause you too much stress alter your time with them.

3. Accept: Acceptance is an important part of managing stress. During the holiday season, you may have to accept that you won’t be able to participate in all the activities you would like and that is okay. You don’t have to go to every gathering even if it’s your family.

4. Adapt: One way of avoiding stress is to adapt. Living with lupus often means having to adapt one’s lifestyle or plans; this is true during the holiday season as well. Go into the season with a mindset that you will adapt to any situation and remove yourself if you can not.

While the four A’s are excellent for managing the holiday season, they are also useful in managing the everyday struggles of lupus.

Control your stress level: Since some researchers believe that stress could be both a lupus trigger and a flare trigger for those with lupus, reducing stress is a must.

So at the end of the day remember, Just say no, delegate responsibilty, be smart and most of all take care of you.

You deserve the best in your holiday season, make a conscious effort to make the moments beneficial to your personal health.
#LupusInColor

30 Day Walk Challenge

We hope you all have been walking daily with the Lupus In Color 30 Day Walk Challenge. 30 minutes a day for 30 days. The purpose was to create a habit beyond all the things in your day to get moving! Here is some information on what walking can do. We have one day left to the challenge, but you have already hit 30 days of walking 30 minutes a day!! YOU DID IT!!!!! WELL DONE!!! #LupusInColor

Love Yourself Beyond Lupus

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh~

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It can be a very hard task to love yourself beyond the pain that lupus brings, but it is necessary. There are a couple of steps that you can take to begin the process of just loving who you are beyond lupus.

1. Begin your day with love.
In order for you to get through the hard days you have to start your day in meditation and positive thoughts to saturate your being with love. You have to spend time focusing inward daily to clear the path to a better day beyond your pain.

2. Speak happy over you.
Yes it is difficult to deal and fight lupus day to day, that is the reality. You have to use positive affirmations sometimes just to get the day started in the most productive way you can. Don’t continue to self criticize yourself and make your moments even more difficult than they need to be.

3. Get honest with how you feel.
You have to get honest as to how you feel about your battle with lupus. Acknowledge those feelings and begin to process them so you can begin to heal emotionally. The masks you place to hide lupus must be removed in order for you to heal emotionally to deal with lupus positively and purposefully. Realize how important your emotional state is to healing your body beyond the constant pain.

4. Allow yourself to relax.
Breathe, relax and let go. It can be hard with the pain but it is necessary to stop fighting against yourself in order to understand and deal with your emotions during pain. You have to let your body and spirit rest before your body and mind force you to.

5. Be patient with yourself.
Stop blaming you for things that you had no control of. It is not your fault that you have lupus. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you create a double fight with your body and spirit. Be patient with yourself in going through the process of dealing with a chronic illness.

6. Accept Uncertainty.
Lupus is so unpredictable and as a warrior you need to accept that. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it has to be accepted so you can live in your present moment in peace.

7. Forgive yourself.
Forgive yourself for being your harshest critic during your most difficult times. Having lupus is no easy feat but forgiving you for not being able to do when you want to will give you the strength to accept it all and move peacefully in your moments. Forgive yourself for judging you in the times when you need to love you most.

8. Be Real.
Be real about how you feel at all times. The time has come to stop hiding behind the masks of lupus. Be real with how you allow yourself to be seen, known and heard. Get comfortable allowing people in your world of lupus pain so you are not creating a super human to those who misunderstand what lupus is.

9. Focus on the positive.
Get in your head and heart that you are amazing beyond lupus. Yes you have pain which can create some major setbacks, but you are still able to fight.  Get positively in tune with you.

10. Seek professional help.
Lupus is hard to deal with and it can create in you a self-rejection and neglect that can be extremely painful. You deserve to be happy beyond lupus. You have a right to be accepted and loved by you. If necessary, seek help from a support group, counselor or coach. It will be the best investment you will make.

Loving yourself can be one of the hardest things to do while battling lupus. We get down on ourselves and notice every flaw. We focus on who we used to be instead of the greatness of who we are in this moment. You have to work at reconditioning your love of self. Begin to do what you need to do to make yourself feel good to make yourself happy. Don’t try  and be perfect, but be proud of who you are beyond the limits lupus imposes.

~Racquel H. Dozier~  #LupusInColor

Why Complain

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I could complain about what lupus does to me, but what will that solve? I’ll say this though… Lupus you summummabish, I can’t wait until you rot in hell! You sick twisted bastard! Kick rocks barefoot and kiss my cocoa brown ass as I get up when you try and knock me out. You hit like a bitch and I’m shaking that crap off and continuing to live. EFF-U-CEE-KAY You Lupus! That is all. I think that was more productive than woe is me. I feel so free! *Flinging the mic across the room* … mumbling dis bitch gonna have me choke her out…. #LupusInColor

 

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May 30 Lupus Fact 

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Spreading Lupus Awareness One Butterfly at a time

Let this butterfly flutter all over cyberspace!

May 30 Lupus Fact


Lupus is the focus of intense research. Studies are looking at:
The genes that play a role in lupus and in the immune system

Ways to change the immune system in people with lupus

Lupus in different ethnic groups

Things in the environment that may cause lupus

The role of hormones in lupus

Birth control pills and hormone therapy in women with lupus

Heart disease in people with lupus

The causes of nervous system damage in people with lupus

Treatments for lupus

Treatments for organ damage caused by lupus, including stem cell transplantation

Getting a better idea of how many People have lupus
This is your thirtieth butterfly of hope.

We need awareness and a cure!

Encourage everyone you know to let it FLY!

#LupusInColor #ButterfliesofHope #FlightoftheButterflies #SpreadLupusAwareness