Managing Social Interactions with Family and Friends

When feeling sick, interacting with family and friends can be hard. Early symptoms of rheumatic disease can be dismissed by family members. This can cause frustration and even anger. Sometimes as symptoms progress, family members can seem overbearing. This can put strain on the relationship. Striking a balance can be difficult and stressful. However, working on interactions with others may lead to improvements in quality of life.

Mindfulness can be a very important tool to learn compassion for yourself and others. When harboring negative emotions towards family members and friends, mindfulness meditation can be a way to let go of these feels. The loving kindness meditation focuses on sending well wishes to those with whom you have easy or difficult relationships. Opening your heart, even when you might not be feeling well, takes practice. Sending positive thoughts to yourself and others can be highly effective for managing the stresses of social interactions.

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Share Your Feedback

Thank you for your interest in the Johns Hopkins Division of Rheumatology’s Mindfulness Program for People Living with Rheumatic Disease. We welcome feedback regarding our exercises. Your response to this questionnaire will remain anonymous and no personal identifiers will be recorded. Completion of this questionnaire is purely voluntary and by taking this survey, your consent to this research study is assumed. Please complete this survey if you are at least 18 years of age and have a rheumatic disease. You may complete this survey for each meditation you have practiced. The information gathered from your responses will help to improve this resource and gain information for research purposes.

Research Study Name: Mindfulness for People Living with Rheumatic Diseases
Study ID: IRB00289772
Principle Investigator: Clifton O. Bingham III, MD
For more information, contact Michelle Jones: 410-550-9674 or