Having one of those down days when anything could set me off crying (and I'm not a cryer). I know that RA when flaring can affect mental health, not just because it sucks but I think because it affects hormone balance and causes mood swings (a trigger of inflammation and fatigue, I'm sure).
Anyway has anyone got tips for these days? Trying to tell myself that it's medical and I will get passed it, and that i'm not the grumpy moody girl I feel like, isn't really helping me get through the working day without biting the heads off of my colleagues. The worst thing is that a colleague asked if I was ok and I said I'm just struggling at the moment, because I feel like every time I take a step forwards towards managing my disease, my body sets me back a step - and her response was to tell me that that is just life and happens in any situation, not just to people with long term conditions and I've got to just be strong and not get down about it. She then went on to say how her best friend with JIA can't walk and still makes the most out of life and doesn't let it hold her back. Which, of course made me feel silly.
Whilst I know I probably needed the brutal honesty, all I wanted was a hug and for someone to say, "I know it's tough, let me help where I can, don't push yourself too hard." You know? Now after her comment I feel like I have to keep pushing just to keep up with my workload when I'm really not very healthy at the moment, in body and mind.