Dealing with a chronic disease, such as lupus, can be difficult emotionally. You might think you are all alone and that your friends, family, and co-workers do not understand how you feel. Sadness and anger are common reactions.
People with lupus have limited energy and must manage it wisely. Ask your health care team about ways to cope with fatigue. Most people feel better if they manage their rest and work and take their medicine. If you're depressed, medicine and counseling can help.
Other tips for dealing with fatigue include:
- Pay attention to your body. Slow down or stop before you're too tired.
- Learn to pace yourself. Spread out your work and other activities.
- Don't blame yourself for your fatigue. It's part of the disease.
- Consider support groups and counseling. They can help you realize that you're not alone.
- Consider other support from your family as well as faith-based and other community groups.
It's true that staying healthy is harder when you have lupus. You need to pay close attention to your body, mind, and spirit. Having a chronic disease is stressful. People cope with stress differently. Some approaches that may help are: