Dedicated: Top Tips for Coping with Chronic Illness and Pain

Living with a chronic illness is never easy, especially if this condition produces constant pain that doesn’t seem set to go away anytime soon. For those living with conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis for which there is no known cure, dealing with the pain of day to day living can be a constant struggle which always threatens to get you down. Whilst each and every patient has their own way of dealing with things, it can sometimes be all too easy to get stuck in a rut and succumb to your symptoms, allowing them to get the better of you and take away your quality of life. Here are some great things to do when your condition is getting you down.

Treat Yourself

For those living with chronic illnesses and pain who have families to look after and other responsibilities, neglecting themselves can become all too commonplace. For those living with a chronic condition, self-care is absolutely paramount in order to be able to cope and deal with the symptoms each day. If you are feeling down, now is definitely the time to indulge in a little self-care. Whether it’s something as simple as sending the kids to stay with their grandparents and having some much-deserved ‘me time’ or looking at spa pedicure chairs to invest in for yourself, treating yourself from time to time is definitely important.

Talk to Somebody

A lot of people who live with chronic pain and illnesses find that it can take a toll on their mental health. It is certainly not uncommon for those who deal with pain and other symptoms of their conditions every day to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems. This itself can wear an individual down, adding to the problems which their condition causes them daily. If you are feeling particularly down, it can be a good idea to speak to your doctor about attending sessions with a therapist. Simply being able to talk about your condition and how it makes you feel to somebody who is empathetic and helpful can be hugely beneficial.

Long Term Coping

Although it’s good to have some plans in place for what to do for a ‘quick fix’ when you start to feel down and defeated, it is the long term coping plan that can prevent these moments from happening, or at least keep them to a minimum. Long term coping plans could include sticking to a healthy diet and exercise plan which is approved by your physician, as well as trying to involve yourself in as many ‘normal’ activities as possible. Along with this, being closely involved in any treatments that you undergo and keeping a health diary are both excellent strategies which can help you to deal better with your condition in the long term both physically and psychologically.

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Living with a long-term health condition or chronic pain can be difficult, with many ups and downs. Knowing how to deal with your symptoms both in the short- and long-term can help you to manage your symptoms better overall.

Lindsay Ginn

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