Managing flares can be difficult, not only physically but emotionally. As one patient put it “the psychology” behind flares can be hard in the sense that you become more aware of your physical limitations when you are not feeling well and that can lead to self-judgement.
To be mindful and be present in the moment means to be without judgement. During flares, it is easy to judge yourself and maybe others around you. Mindfulness meditation can be a helpful tool to avoid these negative behaviors. The goal of mindfulness is to pay attention to your experiences, on purpose, without judgement and without seeking to change what you are experiencing. By practicing mindfulness, it may become easier to let go of the “story” attached to prior experiences. Prior memories can lead to repetitive thoughts of physical suffering. It can also lead to distressing thoughts of what may happen in the future. This can make the current flare worse and more difficult to manage.