I often write about finding distractions or tips to help deal with chronic diseases like Interstitital Cystitis (IC). Remember you have got to recognize and appreciate all of the positive things in your life.
Living with a chronic illness is not easy, but you can still live a happy life with the help of friends, family and medical professionals. Take a look at some coping mechanisms listed below.
Clinical psychologists Forrest Talley, PhD, and Kevin Gilliland, Psy.D., share their best tips for refocusing your mental and emotional energy so you can not only feel better but also live your life well. Take a look below.
Tips to Stay Positive If You Have a Chronic Illness
- Remind yourself you’re not alone.
- Get the support you need.
- Manage all the symptoms you can.
- Make little goals.
- Focus on quality of life: Manage physical activity, interpersonal relationships, and nutrition.
- Keep a gratitude journal.
- Let the illness make you stronger.
- Don’t let the illness define you.
I do acknowledge that there will be bad days ahead; however, you can utilize tools to help you cope. Try some of the tips above or come up with your own. Two tools you definitely need are (1) find a doctor who really listens and has a genuine interest in treating your chronic disease and (2) have a support system that you can call on when you are really in need.