Dealing with the pain of lupus on a daily basis can create its own set of problems such as anxiety, depression, and often, low self-esteem. This is why it is important for lupus sufferers to recognize the benefits of a strong support system from friends and family. First, you should find out as much as you can about your condition so that you can easily explain it to your friends and family. The more you find out about lupus, the more prepared you can be for treating the symptoms. Talk to your friends and family about lupus and how they can help you cope with the inflammation and pain. Be honest about how you are feeling and what you need from them. A strong support system of friends and family has shown to be beneficial for treating several varieties of painful illnesses, and lupus is definitely one of them. Remember to give yourself enough time during the day to relax, meditate, or just take a breather; you have to be a support system to yourself as well. Consider connecting with others in your community that have lupus. There are groups, message boards, websites, gatherings, and other outside support systems that you can use in order to connect with others who suffer from the same condition. It is a great way to gain further knowledge and possibly learn about other available treatment options. Although lupus is an extremely varying disorder, others might be facing the same issues as you, and they may lend an ear or offer some advice about managing your pain.