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Advice for managing a chronic illness

Have you been diagnosed with a chronic illness? It is something that nobody ever expects to happen but can actually be quite common. A chronic illness can change many areas of your life but, provided that you listen to your healthcare provider and follow their advice, you should be able to lead a happy lifestyle and minimise the impact that it has on your life. It will depend entirely on what the chronic illness is as to how you manage it, of course, but here are a few tips which should help you to control the illness and continue to live a happy life.

 

Educate Yourself

 

The first step to take is to educate yourself about the condition. Doing so will involve carefully listening to your doctor, making notes and thinking of any crucial questions that you have. You also need to make sure that you fully understand your medication and find a suitable way of managing this. You can then further your knowledge by reading about the condition, but always make sure that this is from a reliable source.

 

Build A Support Network

 

Having a support network can be immensely helpful for assisting with your daily life but also for managing your mental health. Limits on lifestyle and pain can take their toll both physically and emotionally, so it is vital that you have people around you for support. In addition to friends and family, you may find it helpful to use a support group for those also with the chronic illness and to join online communities.

 

Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

 

It is always important to lead a healthy lifestyle but especially when you have a chronic illness. It should include regular exercise, a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and avoiding harmful foods and substances. This can be difficult when you live with a chronic illness, but a doctor or physiotherapist should be able to provide guidance.

 

Look After Mental Health

 

Following on from this, many people that have a chronic illness can suffer from depression which is a vicious cycle. You, therefore, need to find ways to manage your stress, make sure that you are able to have fun and enjoy yourself and have people to speak to when you need. Additionally, if you are worried about mental health, then you should always let your doctor know and do not bottle up your emotions.

 

Consider Care Options

 

If you find that your chronic illness is making daily activities too difficult, then it is a good idea to consider your care options. The best solution is often in-home care from specialists like Inhomecare.com as this allows you to continue living at home, but you still get help with getting dressed, meal prep, cleaning, medication management, etc.

 

Discovering that you have a chronic illness can be upsetting, but there are always ways that it can be managed so that it does not interfere with daily life too much. The key is to carefully listen to your doctor, to educate yourself and to find ways to look after both your physical and mental health.

 

Kate Davis-Holmes
Award-winning writer, blogger, social media consultant and charity campaigner. Social Media Manager for BritMums, the UK's largest parent blogging network Freelance clients include Firefly Communications and Save the Children UK. Works with brands on marketing projects. Examples include Visit Orlando, Give As You Live, Coca-Cola and Kodak. Cambridge Law graduate with many years experience working across three sectors in advice, media relations, events, training and project management. Available for hire at affordable rates.
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3 thoughts on “Advice for managing a chronic illness

  1. That’s all very sound advice. I find the hardest thing for me has been trying to build a network and I’m pretty well burned out trying, but educating yourself then working hard at a healthy lifestyle has been invaluable for me. As far as mental health, it’s more like patient, heal thyself.

  2. Great advice, caring for my Daughter who suffers chronic illness I know how hard it is for the sufferer. I would add though that don’t push yourself go at your own pace. Under current guidlines these are now being looked into further as can cause more suffering. I especially agree with the support network so many people just do not understand the illness x

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