If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
Remember this today. It’s especially important for those of us in a flare. Don’t insult your body. Treat yourself with kindness. Talk to yourself with kindness. Stop calling yourself names because you have moon face or the extra 10 prednisone pounds; they are not forever. If you need to rest, rest. If you need pain meds to make it through your day, it’s okay; stop fighting it. It’s okay if you can’t get off the couch.
It’s okay if you could only manage a short walk around the block instead of a jog. It’s okay if you couldn’t get out and exercise today. It’s okay if you couldn’t eat solid foods today. It’s okay if the only thing you could do was breathe.
You’re not lazy. You’re not a lost cause. You’re not useless. You’re in a flare. There will be days kinder than this one.