Chronic Illness and Self-Esteem.

I feel the need to add to this discussion because it is an area that affects my life and many others who experience chronic illness.

I wanted to highlight a few areas to consider.

Examining these areas may help going forward to increase confidence and regulate emotions.

Mental State.

Where is your mindset? Has your mental state been affected since the onset of illness? Or has it remained about the same?

Approaching health changes and physical limitations may cause you to feel less than your best. This is a valid response and the emotions that arise should be explored. You will face new challenges and sometimes revisit familiar territory on your journey with illness. That is due to the unique and unpredictable nature of a condition and how it manifests in one person to the next.

You do not choose how much or how long you endure but you are able to choose how you respond.

Adapting to Change.

A healthy response involves adapting to change, which encourages progress toward wellness.

YourDictionary defines the word adapt as mentioned below:

– to make fit or suitable by changing or adjusting

– to adjust (oneself) to new or changed circumstances

(YourDictionary, 2019)

The mind and body may be in conflict for a period of time but there is room for them to settle. After the chaos and uncertainty, a calm will present.

You can find and maintain a balance that suits you. Are you willing to adjust to changing circumstances?

Effects on Emotional Health and Stress Management.

Emotions are influential. They urge us to respond. They contribute to our perspective of life and other circumstances.

Your physical health is connected to your emotional health. If your body isn’t feeling well, your emotions are most difficult to manage.

Consider your stress levels and using techniques of stress management to decrease stress in areas of your life.

Identify sources of stress, coping mechanisms, and choose healthy ways to manage stress.

Here is a link to an article that reflects on how to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress.

http://bit.ly/2I0pASS

Social Support.

Build and maintain a network that consistently uplifts your mental space.

Being able to relate and share in experience is a healing process. It sustains a sense of hope and community.

Connecting with others provide an outlet of expression. Self expression is so important, especially during a time such as this.

It also helps that you remain a part of something that is greater than yourself.

Being active in some way is beneficial to your mental health. Consider volunteering with a community organization, attending a support group, or participating in a group or recreational activity.

Those are just a few options but there are other opportunities to connect depending on your interests and available resources. A healthy mind lays the foundation for a healthy body.

So think well and be well.

Image Credit

Quotezia. (2019). Retrieved from https://quotezia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Love-Yourself-Self-Esteem-And-Self-Worth-Quotes-2.png

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Reference

Your Dictionary. (2019). Adapt. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/Adapt

Brainline. (2011). Stress Management: How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress. Retrieved from https://www.brainline.org/article/stress-management-how-reduce-prevent-and-cope-stress

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