Coping up with effects of uncertainty of future in chronic illness.

Posted On Aug 03, 2022 |

The future is always full of uncertainty for everyone on this earth. But chronic illness makes it a little predictable regarding complications of the disease. It could lead to a fall in courage and a rise in psychological issues like Hopelessness, Anger, Anxiety/ Depression, and Loneliness.

Cope up with Loneliness:

Chronic illness is striking younger people even more now than ever. This affects them not only physically but also psychologically. Most young patients go into a shell and stop interacting with their peers. They fear that many of their friends won't even understand their health conditions or fear of feeling sorry. When chronic illness strikes at a younger age, finding a partner can be challenging too. Living a lonely life is more brutal than one can imagine.

The following steps could be carried out:

1. Find a purpose. Strive to live for that purpose

2. Making small achievable goals will help. Work towards them

3. Stay active physically.

4. Be passionate about something and try to stay busy with it. It can be music, writing, traveling, etc.

5. Don't shy away from talking to your friends. Most will understand and stand by you.

6. A chronic patient can guide many others on prevention. Try to make that one of your goals

Anger Management

Chronic illness is affecting more people in a year now viz. CKD. Kidney disease doesn't only affect the patient's life but also that of the entire family. It definitely affects a patient mentally and financially. Most young CKD patients are rejected from jobs or considered a burden due to health reasons. This could lead to many Anger problems and affect health further.
We put together some tips on anger management which may help patients.

1. Thinking of positive thoughts like modern medical science allows us to live due to Dialysis and Kidney transplants.

2. Meditation and yoga are helping many patients keep calm and get on with life.

3. Sometimes it is better to think about how one can burn out with anger. Why not use the energy in a positive way reading, helping around the house, or routine walk.

4. Never forget that your anger affects your family too. They bring your primary caregiver also struggle to manage their own problems but are happy that you are alive.

5. Meet more people. Talk to friends.

6. Keep yourself busy with work that makes you happy.

7. Deep breathing exercises can help significantly in anger management.

Anxiety/ Depression Management

Depression has been called the common cold of mental health. Anyone can suffer from depression and anxiety. Constant sadness is the result. The worst result of depression is that it robs the happiness of the patient. It results in several lifestyle diseases. Only a qualified professional can make a diagnosis based on symptoms. The most dangerous feature of depression and anxiety is that if it is left untreated, it can lead someone to be suicidal. 

People one can turn to for help include:

1. Healthcare professional.

2. Caregiver

3. Spouse or significant other.

4. Trusted friend or family member.

Professionals also use medicines to overcome situations.

Patients can try the following :

1. Be kind to yourself: Remember that you are not your anxiety. You are not weak.

2. Learn from others: Talk with others who also experience mutual mental feelings. Talk therapy is effective.

3. Proactively manage your anxiety by keeping an eye on patterns.

4. Healthy lifestyle can improve your well-being, Keeping yourself active, and spending time with family would have the capacity to reduce anxiety.

5. Slow and deep breathing can help in reducing anxiety.

Be Hopeful

Hope is a practice. It's something we need to develop and sustain. We cultivate hope through our relationships with ourselves, our friends, and society. Science and technology in the field of relevant disease is also a strong base of hope. Hope acts as a dynamic force to oppose potential disappointments. To cultivate hope, it's important to reject the negative thoughts in our minds. 

Source:

a. Davita

b. www.psychologytoday.com

c. www.beyondblue.org.au 

Categories: CKD, dialysis, Kidney

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