As a man with lupus meditates, bright stars emerge from his body in an outpouring of relaxation.

Lupus and Mindfulness

Lupus can be brutal on our hearts, minds, and souls. It takes so much to be able to get over the pain and be in a mental state that is conducive to healing. Sometimes lupus can block our happiness and peace as we fight daily. One can become engrossed in the pain and forget the importance of the good moments in between. All of those things that hold us hostage to lupus gives us reasons why it’s so important to be mindful in our battle to get through the most difficult times.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness by definition is an ability to simply be present and aware of what one is doing. Not having any judgments about it, not overthinking things, or feeling overwhelmed by it all. As a matter of fact, mindfulness is about being aware as you care about any and everything you do. Mindfulness provides you with short pauses in the day as it breaks up the tense moments and relieves stress.

The great thing about mindfulness is that anyone can do it. It can become a way of life in a complex and uncertain fight for our lives. Whether we achieve it through meditations, body scans, or mindful moment exercises like stopping to take a breath before responding, it can assist anyone in achieving more peace and calm.

Mindfulness and lupus

As a lupus warrior fights for the right to their own body, it helps to have an arsenal of strategies to live well beyond lupus. For that reason mindfulness can be a strategy that can help in finding acceptance in diagnosis and give a sense of some control in one's lupus fight. Below are a few things a lupus warrior can use to begin their mindfulness journey.

  • Be mindful of what you put in your mouth. What you eat can directly affect your body. Mindful eating is important in keeping flares to a minimum and preventing flares all together. Keep a food journal so you can pinpoint how your food affects your body and you can stay conscious of what enters your body.
  • Be mindful of what you allow in your space. Stress is one of the biggest causes of lupus flares. It can cause anxiety, insomnia, joint inflammation, and an array of other symptoms that cause flares. Not only, is it important to be intentional as to who you are around it is significantly important as to what you allow in your space as you fight for your life.
  • Be mindful of how you speak over yourself. It’s hard to speak life into yourself when you are in pain most of the day. But it is the most important thing you can do to keep your sanity and strength in your lupus journey. Keeping a gratitude journal will help in being mindful of how you speak to yourself. Remember what you focus on grows.

Above all, mindfulness is so important in living well beyond lupus. Develop a mindfulness practice that will help you mentally and physically to fight lupus and gain some healing beyond its grips.

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