People with rheumatic disease experience changes in the physical appearance of their body. This can be associated with many negative feelings and emotions which can affect body image and self-esteem. It is unfortunately common to experience this if you have rheumatic disease.
Mindfulness can be a useful tool to practice self-compassion and kindness towards your body. When your body is not feeling well or your appearance is changing, it may be hard to stay in the present moment, without judgement. We suggest practicing the following meditations routinely to help grow self-compassion and loving kindness for yourself. By practicing self-compassion meditations routinely, you will learn how to stay in the present moment and to engage less and less with the negativity. This will give you more energy to heal.