If you have a broken bone or something that requires one-off surgery, coping isn’t such a problem. It’s inconvenient, uncomfortable, and you will wish you didn’t have to deal with it at all, but soon enough the problem will be over.
If you have a chronic condition with long-term pain and other issues, however, coping takes on an entirely different meaning. This can be extremely difficult and can cause other issues such as depression and loneliness. Here are some steps to take when coping with a chronic illness so that you can make the best of your situation.
Find Out More About Your Prescription
If you have a chronic condition that is being managed with medication and equipment, then it is a good idea to find out as much as possible about your prescription. For example, the more you understand about insulin pump therapy and what taking the medication is doing to help you, the better off you will be. You will also be able to make sure you take the right dose.
You can speak to your doctor about this, or you might be able to go to a pharmacy. Alternatively, you can research online, but this must come with a warning: not everything you read is going to be correct, so detailed reading might be needed.
Have A Team Around You
It is difficult, or even impossible, to manage a chronic condition all alone. Therefore you should build a team around you. This might be family members who can come and visit, even if they have no medical knowledge. Simply chatting to friends and family can be a positive step and can reduce blood pressure, making people feel better.
You can also speak to your healthcare provider about home help such as a nurse who can check on you. Or you could have a list of people in place to contact as and when you need them. Even if you never need to get in touch, having the right information in place is a good step when it comes to managing your condition.
Make Lifestyle Changes
Making some adjustments to your lifestyle can make coping with a chronic condition easier. If you stop smoking, cut down on alcohol, drink more water, sleep better, rest more and do more exercise, you can help to manage your condition without the need for additional help.
Sometimes these relatively small changes can make a big difference. You might still have the illness, but you will have done everything you can to make yourself healthy in other ways, and that means your body can fight it more easily.
Beware Of The Signs Of Depression
When suffering from a chronic illness, it could mean you are in pain or that mobility is a problem, which can result in depression. This mental health problem can build up slowly, and you might not realize that it is even happening to you until it is too late.
Look out for these signs of depression so that you can take control sooner. Some of the signs are:
- Feeling hopeless
- Insomnia or sleeping all the time
- No appetite
- No libido
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Uncontrollable emotions