Coping With A Chronic Illness
In this video NewLifeOutlook community member Jennifer Herrera talks about her journey with fibromyalgia and lupus, and the coping skills she’s learned along the way.
Watch the video above to hear Jennifer’s insights, or read the written summary below of the things she’s found helpful since her diagnosis.
1. Start a Blog or Journal
This allows you to write about what you are going through. It helps me to write down my feelings and have an outlet for my emotions.
2. Distract Yourself
Distract yourself from the pain by watching a movie, reading a book, or doing something else you really enjoy.
3. Reach out for Support
Find a support group or connect with people online who are going through the same thing you are. This helps by making me feel less alone.
4. Practice Relaxation Techniques
Some things that help me relax include lighting a candle, drinking tea, listening to music, applying a heating pad, stretching, using breathing techniques, and taking a hot shower.
Any form of exercise seems to really help me feel good, even if it’s just a short walk. Just remember to listen to your body and take it slow.
6. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When I get a good night’s sleep, I tend to feel happier throughout the day.
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