The Support We Can Give Ourselves When We Have a Chronic Health Condition

The fact is that when we’re dealing with a chronic condition, this is something that we’re all hoping will get better at some point. Dealing with an issue such as a broken bone or a burst appendix is not easy, but at least there is an end in sight. For those people who have chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart failure, these issues can last a lifetime. It is possible to live with a chronic condition, but we’ve got to change our mindset. Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Do Not Leave Everything to Your Doctor

While the best doctors will always take responsibility for your care, the fact is that if you are hoping for a magic cure, the reality is that you’ve got to start listening to your body and taking ownership over it. For example, if you are experiencing hypertension, you need to learn how to check your blood pressure, or if you’ve got issues with your heart you need to learn how to check your pulse. Because when we are more in charge of ourselves in relation to these conditions, this can help us to spot potentially harmful changes before they develop into something worse.

Being Aware of Your Mental Health

Anybody who is experiencing a chronic illness can be a risk of depression or anxiety. It’s not just about the low mood, but the fact is that if you’re feeling depressed, it can stop you from taking these important medications or seeing a doctor. The signs of depression are numerous but subtle, and you need to let your health care specialist know if you are depressed or may be going in that direction. 

Some people don’t like the idea of taking medications for depression in addition to the medication for their condition, but it’s important to look at this from a holistic perspective. Depression is something that can occur in anybody, not just those who have chronic conditions. And actually having the courage to admit that you need support in this part of your life can help you regain control and a sense of ownership.

Involve the Family

Because a chronic condition doesn’t just mean making changes to medication, but your lifestyle as well, so it’s important that the people you love are in the know. Rather than trying to shield them from the condition or feeling like you are a burden, rather than going it alone, you can ask family members or friends to help in whatever way they can. 

Rather than asking them to give you 24/7 support, you need to start by being open and honest with what your condition consists of. There will be times when you might not be able to make it out of bed or you will have to cancel at the last minute, but the fact is that when the people you care about know what is really going on in you, they are more likely to understand and will be more inclined to help you along the way.

Build Your Education

The more you know about your condition, the more equipped you will be to understand what is happening. So many people believe that they don’t need to know about their condition and just let the medication do the job it was meant to do. But the fact is you can ask questions to your nurse or doctor about the condition and they can give you great insight into how to pursue your education outside of the care environment. 

This is beneficial because we cannot rely on Dr. Google. There is so much information out there, but there is also a lot of misinformation. Rather than panicking every time you go on the internet, make sure that the information you find is reliable and from a trustworthy resource.

Invest in Your Health

Part of the treatment for a chronic condition means a multitude of lifestyle changes. These would include losing weight, exercising, stopping smoking, and eating healthier. And while sometimes these steps are not considered as important as actually tackling the chronic condition, you have to remember that your health is supplementary to your sense of self. 

Managing a chronic condition could be better if you had the right lifestyle. Investing energy and time to make healthy changes will make a big difference in your life as a whole. It can help you to live longer and feel better. 

It can feel like there is a darkness around us if we have a chronic health condition, but the reality is that when we are experiencing a chronic condition the support we can give ourselves can be invaluable.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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