2 / 11 Reduce Stress to Reduce Lupus Flares
A sudden worsening of lupus symptoms is called a flare. “Stress can increase the chance of having a lupus flare and increase lupus pain when symptoms are active, so a low-stress lifestyle is best,” Dr. Ghaw says. Sound impossible? The first step is to identify all sources of stress in your life. Asking for help when you have lupus symptoms that limit your functioning — like pain, stiffness, and fatigue — is one way to reduce stress. Taking time for yourself and finding activities that help you to relax and relieve stress are others.