Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction & Chronic Pain
Many Lupus Warriors are familiar with chronic pain -- the kind that lasts for months or even years. Mindfulness-based stress reduction may offer relief, according to a recent meta-analysis. Sharp pangs. Dull aches. Tingling. Pain comes in many sensations, but…
Stressors and Lupus: Management Techniques
Stress affects everyone and it can cause major health changes, particularly for people with lupus. Developing successful strategies for coping with stressors is an important part of self care. Stress is hard to define, but we all know it when…
Acupuncture, Pain Reduction, & Lupus
Looking for strategies to help battle pain and fatigue without more medications? Alternative treatments like acupuncture may offer support to Lupus Warriors. The goal of lupus treatment can vary between clinicians and people living with lupus. A recent study found that…
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.…
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…