Learn ways to better manage your lupus
There are ways that lupus self-management skills can make your life with lupus a little easier. Find out how you can better manage your disease.
What is self-management?
You may know that lupus is a chronic (long-term) disease. Although lupus symptoms can change over time, you’re likely to deal with some symptoms throughout your life.
The good news is there are steps you can take so you can feel better and do more of the things you enjoy. Taking steps to manage your lupus on your own is called self-management.
How can self-management help with my lupus?
Research has shown that enhancing your self-management skills can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life. Self-management skills can help you:
- Manage fatigue
- Cope with depression
- Get the most out of your doctor’s appointments
- Reduce stress
- Stay on top of your medications
- Eat healthy
- Stay active
How can I learn self-management skills?
By participating in a self-management education program, you can learn new skills and healthy habits . In these research-based programs, you’ll learn effective ways to set realistic goals with an action plan, monitor your symptoms, and make informed choices about your health. Many programs offer different ways to learn on your own schedule.
Joining a self-management program is one way to feel more in control of your health. Check out our program, specifically designed for people with lupus, Strategies for Embracing Living with Lupus Fearlessly (SELF). The program helps to build these skills into your life.
Connect with others who’ve been there
Remember, “self-management” doesn’t mean you’re facing lupus all by yourself. Connecting with a lupus support group can help you cope with the ups and downs of life with lupus.
Our health educators are available to answer your questions and give you the help you need.