It’s easy to romanticize the cold. There is something about the purity of snow, snuggling by a warm fire, or staying indoors to listen to the rain that can elevate the spirit even during the darkest of days. However, for some of those living with lupus, cold weather can mean stiffness, painful joints, rashes and added discomfort to an already difficult diagnosis.
Here are a few simple tips from members of our community to help those with lupus during this time of year:
- Stay inside.
“I love running a warm bath or just chilling on the couch with the dog. If I find I can’t get out of bed that day I have a good book handy to keep me preoccupied and drink warm cups of tea. If I’m totally wiped out I listen to my body and just sleep with my eye pillow on and burn some lavender oil to relax. Gratitude works wonders for low mood days too, so writing lists of things I’m grateful for helps shift perspective.” – Laura
- Use heating pads, blankets, and hand warmers.
“I try to keep my hands, legs, and toes as warm as possible because I have neuropathy in those areas. My nose burns if I’m outside too long.” – Alita
“Blankets! Blankets! Blankets (preferably the fuzzy, comfy ones!)” – Anonymous