Exercises

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain

Living with Lupus

Stressors and Lupus: Management Techniques

Stress affects everyone and it can cause major health changes, particularly for...

Living with Lupus

Acupuncture, Pain Reduction, & Lupus

Looking for strategies to help battle pain and fatigue without more medications?...

Day-to-Day Living

Positive Affirmations and Lupus

Positive affirmations and positive thinking are two powerful strategies that can help Lupus Warriors improve self esteem, manage stress, & get motivated to take on challenges. Staying positive and motivated when dealing with lupus and its myriad symptoms isn’t easy. Over time, it’s easy to find...

Day-to-Day Living

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, people with lupus report increases in symptoms. And, research suggests...

Day-to-Day Living

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, with the challenges of life and lupus, stress can be...

Day-to-Day Living

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 people, if not most, experience intrusive thoughts and replay troubling moments over...

Living with Lupus

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 it any easier to manage stress. Previous research has shown...

Day-to-Day Living

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 depiction of massage comes from the Tomb of Akmanthor ("The...

Diet

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 teas, the leaves must go through a withering and oxidation...

Day-to-Day Living

Music, Reactions to Stress, & Lupus

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 in the previous six months (as defined by the...

Day-to-Day Living

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 of writing as a new therapy. Writing therapy, similar...