Set Boundaries

Lupus Notes to Self: I set boundaries and say no when I’m not feeling up to doing things. I understand this protects me from overdoing it as I battle lupus. #LupusInColor

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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Lupus Survival

GUIDE TO SURVIVING LUPUS: Cry when you need to. Scream. Shout. Lay on the floor. Sob in the shower. Be still. Run. Walk. Create. Live in your truth. Share your victories without fear. Listen to your body. Release your pain. Read. Seek support. Be a support. Be a friend. Find friends. Be real. Be honest about what you need and what’s going on with your body. Be courageous. Be strong. Be compassionate. Be vulnerable. Don’t be hard on yourself. Breathe. Don’t fear the hard times. Always understand how amazing you are fighting day by day. #LupusInColor

WEGO Health Award

I’VE BEEN NOMINATED FOR WEGO HEALTH AWARDS!!!

As a lupus advocate using different social media platforms to Educate, Inspire, Encourage and Empower, I would be so honored if you would support me by visiting the link and endorsing me in Best in Show Facebook, Best in Show Instagram and Lifetime Achievement. If you haven’t had the chance to endorse me please visit the link below. Your support means the world to me. ONLY ONE ENDORSEMENT PER nomination area. Thank you in advance for your support. #LupusInColor
https://awards.wegohealth.com/nominees/8831

You Body Will Heal

As you battle lupus, your body will begin to heal itself in many ways if you create the right conditions for it. Eating right, exercising not only your body but your mind and proper rest stimulates healing. That doesn’t mean you are cured, but parts of your body will heal making the flares and frustrations of lupus less. #LupusInColor