How do you get flares?
- The flares and triggers that you experience are unique to you.
- Though it has a specific pattern, it is slightly different for each person who happens to have the same condition.
- Triggers are personal and mostly based on your past experiences.
- For example, when the smell or the sight of something brings back the traumatic experience you had. You can still evolve around the triggers by learning about it and applying it with the skills and expertise that you have developed while living with chronic illness.
How can you FIGHT flares:)
Okay, you saw that coming!!!
On a serious note fighting back will only cause you to add mental stress along with the pain and have the pain increase alarmingly.
So when you encounter a flare, please acknowledge it. By doing this, you may have time to address the symptoms without having to deal with mental stress.
Try not to blame yourself:
But who else to!
Alright, it’s common to feel concerned that you are somehow to blame for the flare, but the truth is that self-blame and self-judgment will eventually lead to trauma.
If trauma is contributing to your flare-up, it doesn’t have to mean that it is psychological.
The idea behind how we experience, process, and recuperate from trauma gives a clear idea of how we understand and explain yourself the symptoms and the ups and downs in chronic life. However, What’s done is done.
Learn from it, and don’t engage in self-blame but try to be compassionate towards yourself (totally worth it).
No ones stopping you though!
Thinking negatively in these situations will not do anything to ease your existing condition.
Keeping yourself in a positive state is necessary to ease your pain.
Indulge in activities that will make you stress-free. For example,
- Go through your Facebook wall to relive all the memories of your posts from the past.
- Recall the memories from the small achievements for your most favorite hobby that made you happy.
- If you happen to have a Journal or a Personal Diary and recall those happy moments.
- Open up to your friends and family, tell them that you are sick, and trying to boost up your mood.
But remember when you revisit the past, don’t compare your present condition with it, and beat yourself up.
You are continually learning and growing, which is one of the most beautiful aspects of life.
Learning from the past and being motivated is the best way to keep you prepared for tomorrow.
Postpone all the non-essential activities:
Even if you are an ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEE in your organization.!
When you are down in flare, your concentration may become non-existent. Try making a list that comprises the essential activities that you need to do.
While making a list, answer one crucial question. Is the work which you have mentioned as an essential activity an absolute necessity in this situation?
For example, if you have to look after your kids, this carries more weightage than any other activity on the list. But make sure that you are well-nourished and hydrated during these times.
Not all doors are closed, people!
Some of the tasks that you have mentioned will need some assistance.
Reach out to people that care for you.
Sometimes, the small bits of help that you receive from the ones that you care about you will help you to ease your pain and elevate your mood.
For the love of GOD!
The most important thing to keep in mind during this whole process is to keep a positive mindset and keep yourself from engaging in self-blame.
As suggested by many, indulge in ways with which you can pamper yourself. If not now, When?
You may not be able to walk out of a flare, snap your fingers, and watch your life magically put itself back together.
It doesn’t happen overnight. It will take work and time, But you’ll get there. Cheers!!
So What really is a Flare?
A flare is a transient exacerbating in the seriousness of an ailment or condition that eventually subsides over time.
These flare-ups are triggered by life events and thoughts or feelings which happen in our day to day lives.
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