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Make Living With A Chronic Illness Easier With These Simple Tips

Make Living With A Chronic Illness Easier With These Simple Tips

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You might have been diagnosed with a chronic illness recently or perhaps you’ve been living with one for years… no one ever said that it was easy but it certainly doesn’t need to be as hard as it has maybe been for you.

It can come as quite a blow. When you first hear the words “chronic illness”, every other word seems to fall on deaf ears after that and life seems to stop for a little while. Your mind is overwhelmed with information about this disease you apparently have and it all seems a little too much to digest at first. That’s completely normal and that’s often why doctors ask you to see them again after initialing revealing your diagnosis as they know you’ll have missed crucial parts of information.

It’s an emotional rollercoaster, so you need to learn to ride it

One thing that you need to be prepared for (or will know) is that it is an emotional rollercoaster. The initial shock of receiving a diagnosis soon turns to fear and then stress – how am I going to cope? How will everyone else cope? Will my life ever be the same? What’s the point in living if this is what I have to deal with every single day? It can be a hard time and those who are given a diagnosis are at risk of becoming depressed.

Whilst you won’t be able to avoid these emotions, all of which are completely normal and to be expected, how you react and cope with them will make all the difference. With time you will grow accustomed to your disease and it won’t be such a confusing time for you, but until then, make sure you surround yourself with those you love and if you do feel yourself becoming a little blue, access advice and help before the depression spirals out of control.

Don’t miss appointments and check ups

The most important part of living with a chronic disease is that you are actively managing it. The ways in which you do that are by taking your medication, following the advice you’ve been given and seeing your doctor or healthcare provider regularly. Waiting lists can be a nightmare these days and if you miss an appointment, you could be waiting months before getting another one. If transport is an issue for you then make sure you’re prepared in advance. There are services out there who will arrange it all for you – if you want to know a little more about this, find out at MTM-Inc.net/healthcare/nemt/

If you’re on medication, get to grips with side effects

Often, a new diagnosis is accompanied with the fact that you’ll need to be taking medication regularly. Unfortunately there is always the possibility that the very same things that are helping you are also going to be the ones making you feel sick – but you must remember, it’s not half as bad as you would be feeling without them.

Side effects from medication can be managed and knowing what’s good and bad is a crucial part of that process. Some medications seriously clash with things like alcohol, certain types of food or even other medications, so make sure you’ve done your research on it or asked your doctor if you’re in doubt.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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