Art Therapy, Stress Management, and Lupus
Feeling overwhelmed from lupus or the daily grind? Art therapy may offer stress relief and a non-verbal outlet. Stress is a well-known trigger when it comes to lupus and other autoimmune diseases. During periods of high stress, both emotional and physical,…
Aromatherapy, Stress Management, & Lupus
More than just cold weather -- the winter can be a stressful time. Aromatherapy may be a low-risk, stress management strategy for Lupus Warriors. By now, you're probably heard it dozens of time: stress and lupus do not mix. But,…
Expressive Writing Therapy: Lupus Benefits
A good story can transport us to a new world. And, research suggests that writing therapy, directed writing on specific topics, can help battle the stress & symptoms of lupus. At times, it can feel as though your brain is running wild. Many…
Trauma & PTSD Increase Lupus Risk 3x
Stress can lead to lupus flares & a lower quality-of-life. But, new research suggests trauma and PTSD may even increase the risk of developing lupus. The link between stress and lupus symptoms is nothing new -- though that doesn't make…
Massage Therapy for Lupus & Fibromyalgia
While the name 'massage therapy' is relatively new, the healing power of touch has been used for thousands of years. In fact, there are references to massage therapy in ancient writings from India, Egypt, Japan, China, & Mesopotamia. Perhaps the earliest…
Green Tea Benefits for Lupus Disease Activity
A new study found benefits of drinking green tea for people with lupus, including reduced disease activity. Green tea originated in China and is made from Camellia sinensis leaves. These same leaves are used to make oolong and black tea, as well. But, for those…
Stress, Lupus, and Music 🎧
The research is in. Stress and lupus do NOT mix. Can listening to your favorite jam help? We all know that stress can makes things worse. A prospective study published in 1994 by Da Costa, D., et. al, found that major life stressors…
SYS: Writing About Lupus with Emojis
They say a picture is worth a thousand words -- Well, how many emojis does it take to describe lupus? It can be hard to explain lupus to friends and family. But, research is beginning to look at the value…
A Mental Health Professional Answers the Top 4 Questions
You're a lupus pro. You know when to call your rheumatologist, dermatologist, or your PCP. But when do you call for mental health support? Making the decision to reach out to a mental health professional, and following through with contacting…
Managing a Lupus Flare – Advice From Experts
Because they are unpredictable, a lupus flare can be frustrating and frightening. The onset of symptoms, ranging from rashes and fatigue to serious joint pain and risk of organ damage, can seem unmanageable. A lupus flare contrast periods of time with…