We all know that stress can exacerbate lupus, but how can we deal
with stress? Learning how to relax can help a great deal, and can
also be a form of pain control.
Try to find time to relax properly at least once a
day, even if it's only ten minutes of peace & quiet.
You can buy special relaxation tapes to guide you
through the process, or follow the technique below.
Find a quiet
or lie down somewhere comfortable
in and out
muscles throughout your body
each muscle starting with your head & eyes
working your wat down your body, relaxing each muscle as you go
deeply, in and out, imagine all your pain, tension and stress being
pushed out through your feet every time you breathe out
in this newly relaxed state
ready, get up slowly
Whenever you feel tense or stressed, take a moment
to relax & breathe deeply.
Concentrate on your breathing, take a deep breath
in, then breathe out slowly, letting the tension and pain go with
Are you breathing correctly? You shouldn't breathe
from your chest, but from your diaphragm. Try this quick test -
Put one hand on your chest & the other between your rib cage
Breathe normally & watch which hand moves up and down
The hand on your abdomen should be moving
If the hand on your chest is moving up and down, then you are not
Concentrate on breathing so that your abdomen moves up and down
as you breathe.