How To Lead Your Life Gracefully With A Chronic Illness

Published On July 11, 2018 | By Clare Louise | Health

Life is made even more challenging when we’re sick or injured.

If you have a chronic illness, then leading a normal and healthy life can be a struggle. Basic tasks like putting your shoes on or getting out of a bed, usually require assistance from a helper.

Sometimes you might need a support group or individual counselor to help you cope with pain, stress and fatigue that may be associated with a chronic illness.

You might also suffer from body aches, disturbed sleep, irritability and anxiety.

It is important to have a regularly check-up with your family GP so they can monitor your condition, as well as an annual physical exam. Check-ups are essential in catching diseases early.

You can recover quickly from short-term illnesses like the flu or a broken arm, but those with a chronic illness find it impacts their life in the long-term, as well as their family’s lives.

What Happens During A Chronic Illness?

Aside from the common symptoms associated with your disease, it’s likely you will also suffer from fatigue, pain and mood swings; with anxiety and depression often impacting your life.

Some diseases might also affect your physical appearance and your positive self-image. This can result in withdrawing yourself from friends and family, and not attending social events.

Due to a chronic illness, you might lose your ability to work. Some people struggle getting out of bed due to their physical condition, having restricted movement and because of that you will be forced to remain within your own environment.

You may need help from your spouse or another family member to complete basic tasks. If you were the breadwinner of the family, your spouse may start looking for work. This may create further stress and a feeling of hopelessness, stressing the importance of regularly checking in with your family GP.

How To Make Life Better During A Chronic Illness

Taking action early will help you to deal with your situation. You can seek support through:

  • Support groups
  • Individual counseling
  • Family and couple’s counselling

It’s important to learn how to manage your stress and also maintain a positive emotional, physical and spiritual outlook on life.

Any mental health provider can design a plan for you to cope up with your life so that you can be in control of your life. Your GP might also prescribe you medication.

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