Interacting with Others
- Emotional connection. Losing to lupus, or any chronic illness for that matter begins with isolation. The loneliness associated with living with a physically devastating disease can be so overwhelmingly gripping that it could foster unwanted psychosocial challenges. Joining a support group that fully understands what you’re going through can help fight the feelings of isolation and boost your emotional well-being.
- Developing coping skills. When you surround yourself with people who are dealing with the same thing, you get to learn a lot from them, especially valuable coping techniques you can adopt. You need all the information you can get if you’re going to survive and thrive with an unpredictable disease such as lupus.
- Regaining your life’s form. Regular support group meetings return a sense of structure into your life, something that lupus basically robs you of. With the organized nature of support groups, you have something to look forward to and constantly rely on.
- Getting a steady supply of motivation. It’s easy to slip into an abyss of hopelessness especially during flares and at some point, giving up can be particularly enticing. Involving yourself in a support group will provide you with an endless source of hope and help you hold on to that fighting spirit that will fly you past every flare.