Stress Management Tips for Lupus
Experiencing stress while having a chronic disease, such as Lupus, can become a vicious circle. Those who suffer with Lupus and experience stress can develop increased flare-ups. A Lupus flare is an additional stressful even in itself. Therefore, it is essential to learn stress reduction techniques as part of treating Lupus.
There’s no quick-fix cure for stress, and no single method will work for everyone. However, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce stress.
Reduce Stress with Relaxation Techniques
The following are just few relaxation techniques to reduce stress for those who suffer with Lupus:
- Take a break. This can include reading a book or magazine, having a bath, watching a movie, playing with your pet or trying out a new recipe.
- Listen to music. Put on some headphones or turn up your speakers to listen to your favorite songs. Focus on the music and see if you can pick out the different instruments.
- Exercise regularly. Not all relaxation techniques require sitting still. Gentle exercise can be great as well. Look for yoga classes, Pilates or practice gentle stretching.
- Get creative. Another way to help you feel more come and relaxed is by tapping into your artistic side. Consider painting, drawing, baking, playing a musical instrument or anything else which you enjoy. Just focus on enjoying yourself.
- Spend time in nature. Spending time outside near greenery can be great for physical and mental wellbeing. Take a walk in the local park and allow yourself time to notice the trees, flowers and animals on your way. Gardening is another great way to relax.
- Disconnect from technology. While technology is great for helping you feel connected, using it a lot can contribute to making you feel busy or stressed. Take short breaks (even an hour) away from your phone, computer and TV.
- Meditation. There are many forms of meditation, including prayer, breath concentration and resting quietly.
- Visit your doctor regularly. To maintain your health, make sure you stick to scheduled doctor visits. Also, make sure your doctor knows if symptoms seem to be getting worse.
These are just a few stress management tips for Lupus. Contact us today with the link below to schedule an appointment with our doctors!