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.