Self Care And Auto Immune Disease
This article from AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.) is an excellent tool to help you figure out how to take care of yourself while healing from your autoimmune disease.
While exercise sounds counter intuitive because you have no energy and feel extremely tired, even a little bit of movement helps. I started with a walk around the block a few days a week. I eventually progressed to going to a gym to work out. Just take small steps, but get started.
Another important aspect of healing, as I have mentioned before is changing your diet. Nutrition is the key to healing. Eat plenty of plants and drink lots of water. I can definitely help you with getting more plants into your diet! That was the catalyst that set me on the road to healing.
I also suggest keeping a journal. Record your wins every day. Even if it is that you drank an extra glass of water, or you sat outside in the sunshine for 15 minutes. If you record the good things at the end of the day, it sets you in a better frame of mind before sleep. In the morning, write down 3 things you are grateful for. Positive mindset is crucial to healing.
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Self-Care for Autoimmune Disease Patients
Written by: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
Self-care is not selfish.
With so much to do already, self-care can seem selfish. Self-care is not selfish. Autoimmune disease patients must deal with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, not to mention all of the other day to day tasks. To add to the chaos, stress can induce flares and make everything that much more complicated. Autoimmune disease can complicate everything, even trying to practice self-care. There are barriers to accessibility, cost, time. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to try.
Consider self-care as another aspect of managing your health. Similar to diet, exercise, and medications. The best part is that you can have fun with self-care. The goal is to enjoy and relax. It may take some experimentation, and some trial and error, but there are thousands of ideas and suggestions to explore.
For autoimmune disease patients, you may have to adjust your self-care plan to fit your needs. For example, running long distances may not be possible, or being outside during colder weather. In that case, you can try walking through an arboretum or your favorite store. With so many options there is something for everyone.