11 Steps

Life with lupus can be challenging. With symptoms that come and go, disease flares and remissions, and the uncertainty of what each day will bring, it’s normal to experience feelings of unhappiness, frustration, anger, or sadness. It’s also normal to grieve for the loss of the life you had before lupus.

As you battle lupus, it’s normal to feel sad or down sometimes. After all, lupus will force you to make big adjustments in your life. Lupus can put a strain on your personal relationships, and make it hard to do some of the things you enjoy. All this can take a toll on you emotionally. But, feelings of sadness or depression that last more than a few weeks should be evaluated and treated.

Here are 11 steps you can take to somewhat alleviate the feelings if you have lupus and think you may have depression.

1. Talk With Your Doctor About Depression and Lupus
2. Aim for Acceptance of Your Lupus Diagnosis
3. Keep Self-Talk Positive, Avoid Negative Self-Talk
4. Surround Yourself With Supportive People
5. Take One Day at a Time
6. Watch Your Mood Closely
7. Keep a List of Ways to Feel Better
8. Connect With Your Spirituality
9. Be as Active as You Can With Lupus
10. Learn All You Can About Lupus
11. Keep Up Healthy Habits While Living With Lupus

People with a chronic illness such as lupus are at higher risk of depression. Studies show that as many as 60% of people with a chronic illness will have depression at some point in their lives.

It’s important to know the signs and take action to avoid depression spurts that can harm you emotionally and physically.

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HOPE HOLD ON PURPOSELY EVERYDAY

Butterflies of HOPE H.olding O.n P.urposely E.veryday


Holding • Holding on to the power of health and wellness beyond lupus. Believing that it is possible to be better, to be well, even when we are at our worst. Holding on to the possibility of a cure and complete total healing.

On • On top of advocacy for yourself. On top of education about your own lupus issues. On the ball with communication with your doctors, family and friends about all that goes on with you as you battle lupus. Being On top of being honest with yourself and others about how you really feel in order to not overdo it.

Purposely • Purposely living in spite of Lupus. Living in the purpose of getting better a nanosecond at a time. Being purposeful in reminding yourself of the importance of being well mentally and spiritually even when your body is not cooperating and you don’t want to be. Staying determined to stay purposeful in thinking right so that your body will respond with feeling right beyond lupus. Staying purposeful in your plan to defeat lupus at every turn. Living in purpose beyond lupus to lead a purposefully powerful life.

Everyday • Every day in every way making a conscious effort to get up, get dressed, get out and live beyond lupus. These everyday activities make a huge difference in your fight. Lupus can stifle your will to live. It can take your everyday and create a plethora of feelings that remove your spark to live. Every day you must make a concerted effort to change the way you think, act and react to living with lupus. Every day you must realize that live is amazing beyond lupus’ constraints and live with everyday activities that create a more positive tone in your fight. Every day you have to live like you mean it.

HOPE
Holding On Purposely Everyday
Live in HOPE, Fight in HOPE
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