Can Meditation Help You Combat the Pain + Fatigue That Comes With Your Autoimmune Disease?

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????As many of us on this autoimmune journey know, the full treatment plan is not just medication but also lifestyle changes. Meditation may not be able to fix your autoimmune disease, but it can help you find ways to better understand your mind and body. It’s not easy to quiet your mind, or even take time out to do it, but with practice it becomes part of your weekly, if not daily, routine.

So with that in mind, let’s talk about some ways you can use meditation to navigate a life with an autoimmune disease.

Find the time for meditation.

So much of our lives can be scheduled out with our kids’ activities and our own doctor appointments. We’d recommend finding some time in the morning after your cute kids go off to school, or at night after everyone else has gone to bed. You won’t find time for meditation unless you make time for it. It may also even help if you decide to take a class or learn about meditation from someone else. This will help you get a good understanding of how to meditate, and it will also ensure you have a scheduled time to do it. If you don’t feel up to going to a class, there are always online courses and apps that can help you learn how to meditate. Once you ensure that you have the time to for meditation, you’re more likely to follow through with it.

Keep your expectations on meditation low.

So many people try meditation with extremely high expectations about what it can do for them. The reality is that meditation alone is incredibly unlikely to cure your autoimmune disease. That’s really not the point of bringing meditation into your life. No, meditation is simply a way for you to block out the world around you and really focus on what’s going on inside of your own body. Especially as a beginner, you shouldn’t expect much from meditation other than learning how to relax, breathe and think about your body.

Practice makes perfect.

Meditation is something that will only help you more over time. If you are really serious about including meditation in your daily habits to form a healthier life, we’d recommend practicing as much as possible. It’s certainly not a skill you’ll be magically capable of perfecting overnight. No, you’ll want to really put some effort into making yourself a master of meditation. But the reward of working on your meditation skills can be incredibly uplifting for your spirits. The best part about meditating is that it won’t take up too much energy or time from your life. You’ll still have plenty of time left in the day to focus on the other ways to help your autoimmune disease.

If you can use meditation as a simple means to understanding your own body, you’ll be able to better know what your body needs. As women with autoimmune diseases, it’s often hard to find the time and the quietness to really get in tune with our bodies. Take some time this week to see if working on meditation can help at all with understanding the pain and fatigue you’ve come to experience regularly.


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Katie Cleary is founder of  She lives with her autoimmune conditions and her family in Austin, Texas.

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