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9. Be as Active as You Can With Lupus

Staying active can also help your mood. “When you’re in pain you may not want to move, but doing just a little bit can really lift your spirits,” says Grusd. “It can also be very empowering to feel like you have some control over your illness.” Do whatever you can, whether it’s a walk around the block, or just into the other room.

Some people with lupus also benefit from taking up an activity such as tai chi, very light yoga, guided imagery, or meditation. “Many people find these types of activities help with depression and may even help improve their physical health,” says Borys.

10. Learn All You Can About Lupus

The more you know about lupus, the more involved you can be in your treatment. “Becoming a vocal, assertive patient can give you more of a sense of control over the illness,” says Borys. “Feeling empowered will help decrease your risk of depression and anxiety.”

Learning about lupus will also help you know what to expect and how to best take care of yourself. But be sure to use trusted sources. Ask your doctor for a list of reading material or organizations that provide reliable information.

11. Keep Up Healthy Habits While Living With Lupus

To feel your best, both physically and mentally, it’s important to eat well and get enough rest. Try to eat a well-balanced diet and aim for at least seven hours of sleep each night. You should also avoid habits that aren’t good for your health, such as smoking and drinking alcohol. “Taking care of yourself will foster a good attitude and ultimately help you feel better about yourself,” says Borys.

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