Sources of Stress And How to Cope With a Chronic Illness
Chronic illnesses last a long time, often for a year or more. Which can sometimes feel isolating with needing ongoing medical care and difficulties doing the things you need to do every day.
It may seem like the illness may never go away and can disrupt your lifestyle in a number of ways. However, there are factors such as stress which can make things worse. Long periods of stress can lead to extreme negative emotions such as frustration, anger, hopelessness, and, at times, depression.
In this post, you will learn about how to identify likely sources of stress and how you can cope with your illness.
Sources of stress may include:
Expensive healthcare - living with and managing chronic illness can, your finances are sure to take a hit. One of the amazing solutions we offer at EHA Clinics are chronic disease management, home care visits, which you can enjoy for free or discounted with a Membership Plan.
Uncertainty about the future - You may look and feel fine most of the time. However, at some point, you may feel ill or have less energy and may need to take breaks. Having a trusted and reliable circle with whom you share about your illness to keep you safe if you have a medical emergency is highly recommended. You want to have people who will step in and help.
Unpredictability of the disease - Sharing with and learning from people who have the same feelings as you can help you cope with your own illness. Find a support group in your area, this can be physically or online groups.
Additionally, there are lifestyle choices and habits you will need to adopt and things you can do on your own that will help with coping with stress. These include:
Balanced healthy meals
Staying as physically active as you can
Setting healthy and safe
Avoiding negative coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drug abuse
Staying social with family and friends
Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider for tips about stress management to help you understand and cope with your illness better.
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