A lot of the time when we get ill, our bodies heal after a week or two, allowing our lives to go back to normal. However, sometimes a health condition isn’t something that some vitamins and a three-day course of antibiotics can get rid of. Some health conditions stick around a little longer than we’d like, becoming chronic. Here’s how to reduce a long-term health issue.
Luckily, we live in an age where there’s a lot of medication available, so most health conditions have drugs available to help manage them. However, just because most health conditions can be managed with drugs, that doesn’t mean being ill won’t leave you feeling down. It’s not just the physical side of living with a chronic illness that should be thought about, but also the mental impact.
Whatever it is that you’re suffering from, be it alopecia or IBS, it’s important not to let it cast a shadow over your life. That might sound like it’s easier said than done. However, if you make self-care a priority, you’ll find that living with a long-term health condition can be easier than you would think.
So what can we do to ensure that a long-term health condition, whatever it may be, doesn’t leave us feeling blue?
Make Stress Relief a Priority
Most health conditions, from skin complaints like eczema, to digestive problems, are made worse by stress. So if you’re suffering from a chronic health condition, it’s important to make stress relief a priority. As by doing so, you can make managing your condition that little bit easier. Or, at least, you should be able to.
When it comes to stress management, the best methods depend on personal preference. However, without a doubt, one of the best methods for relieving stress is exercise. Obviously, some health conditions may make certain forms of exercise difficult. However, things, like swimming or practicing yoga and Pilates, should be doable, no matter what your medical condition. By finding ways to exercise, regardless of your mobility level, you find ways to improve your physical health. As well as decreasing your chance of developing anxiety or depression.
Be Financially Savvy
One of the significant downsides to suffering from a chronic health condition is the impact that it has on your finances. There’s not only the cost of your medication to worry about covering but also your lack of monthly income. If your health condition has left you unable to work or work as many hours as before, you might be worrying about what that means for your finances. Try not to worry too much, as stress may make your condition worse.
If you have to pay for medication on a regular basis, look into a local patient assistance program to find out if this could help to keep the cost down. If not, perhaps it could be worth getting in touch with local charities, to see if there’s anything that they can do to help you. Regarding your income, if you’re unable to do your job anymore because of your health condition, you may be entitled to government support. If you’re no longer able to work at your old job but still want to earn an income, perhaps you could consider working as a freelancer remotely?
There are a lot of people who now choose to telecommute, so perhaps this could be an option for you.
The worst thing that you can do when you’re feeling down is get into a food rut. Junk food might make you feel better at the time, but afterward, you’ll only end up feeling worse. Particularly since junk food can make a lot of health conditions worse; so it’s a good idea to make an effort to eat well and stick to a clean diet. Because by doing so, you’ll feel better in yourself.
For those days when you don’t feel like cooking, make up healthy meals in advance and freeze them. That way, when you don’t have the energy to cook, you’ve got healthy meals stored in the freezer. It’s also worth researching the best diets for your health condition. As some foods can help to make certain health conditions more manageable. While other foods can make them worse; so it’s important to be careful about what you eat, to ensure that your diet doesn’t make your condition worse.
If you’re stuck at home a lot of the time or are no longer able to do some of your old hobbies, find new ones to keep you occupied. By keeping busy, you’ll be less prone to suffering from mental health conditions, such as depression, for instance. Studies have shown that by keeping active, it’s less likely that you’ll get down, even if you’re spending a lot of time at home.
Regarding what hobbies to take up, that depends on what your interests are. Ideally, you want to take up hobbies that you’re not going to get bored of, and that you know you’ll enjoy. If you’re someone who has a passion for writing, perhaps starting a blog could be a good option? Or, if you’re someone who loves to get creative, maybe adult coloring could be the perfect hobby? If you fancy trying something therapeutic, how about knitting or crocheting? These two hobbies have become incredibly popular over the past few years because they’re so therapeutic. So, if you’re looking for something to help you to de-stress, perhaps one of these could be ideal.
What’re Your Thoughts?
When you’re suffering from a chronic health condition, it can leave you feeling a little down in the dumps. Although having an illness that you can’t get rid of can be a little depressing, it’s important not to let it get you down. Because if you get down, everything will seem worse. Do whatever you can to take care of yourself and find ways to rebuild your life. It might take time, but believe it or not, no matter what you’re suffering from, it is possible to get your life back on track
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.