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Stress and lupus


Never underestimate the effects of stress on your body. I have never in my life gone through stress or depression. Since a few months I have been intentionally and unintentionally taking stress for things funnily out of my own control. I have always had a controlled lupus. Never in 10 years with the disease has it ever affected me to an extent,it did this time. My doctor unaware of what's in my head ofcourse only told me to stop taking any stress. Our mental health is so important here. Taking stress didnot help me achieve anything I wanted infact troubled me more! Beat the stress!

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Yes I totally agree ! I have had Lupus for over 20 years and have had so many ups and downs with health! Stress and depression can easily set in and can be so hard to deal with . Living in pain almost impossible sometimes but being able to chat to others who totally understand is a life line .Thank you to this site for bringing people together who can support each other! Would at some stage love to find someone who lives near me ? In Haywards Heath.?


Hi iffa28,

Stress is an important trigger of lupus; you should give yourself time to relax and/or mediate regularly to reduce stress levels. There are several different relaxation techniques such as listening to music, exercising, getting creative etc. which are discussed in our blog article ‘stress management and relaxation’ here:

Taking care of your mental health is vital. We published a blog article on coping with depression and anxiety which you may wish to read:

Exercising is a great way of boosting moods and improving quality of life. We published a blog article on lupus and exercise which discusses exercises which you can do from the comfort of your own home. There also is a 15 minute lupus-friendly workout video which you can follow:

Sometimes talking to people can help reduce stress or worries that you may have. If you would like someone to speak to, we can provide you with LUPUS UK contacts who you can chat with over the telephone. These contacts are volunteers who mostly have lupus themselves; they are not medically trained but are there to offer support and understanding. If you would like a contact to speak to, you can email me at with your name and address.

"Beat the stress!" is definitely the way to go!

My sister has lupus like like myself but she is really struggling atm.Can I give her your email .I know she needs some kind of support as she asked me for a support group in Sussex but there isn’t one.Although she is not yet a member of health unlocked I have recommended it to her? Thank you

Chanpreet_WaliaAdministrator in reply to MEDIT3


Of course you can, I am more than happy to help.

Ah Tk u Chanpreet-Walia I will drop her a line!

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