Being diagnosed with a medical condition such as diabetes, cancer, or epilepsy can bring an emotional toll, which is why it’s completely normal to experience a range of emotions during this period. This blog will share five coping strategies you can try to help balance your lifestyle with your condition.
5 coping strategies you can try to help manage your diagnosis:
1. Give yourself time. Denial and fear are the two most common emotions people express when they are first diagnosed with a condition. Allow yourself to work through these emotions and make sure to give yourself enough time at each stage.
2. Gather the facts. Once you’ve accepted that you have a health condition, you can research reputable sources to learn as much as you can about your condition and which treatment options are available. There is usually a charity that focuses specifically on each medical condition, and this is a great group to turn to for wider information about the condition, support groups, or other resources. Your doctor may also recommend websites to start with, and for in-depth information, you could try the National Institutes of Health, or the NHS website.
3. Create a support network. Often friends and family are there for you when you need them, so letting them know about your condition is important as it provides you with the support you need rather than trying to cope on your own. Your support network could also include other people who are going through the same experience as you. It can help to listen to their personal stories, coping strategies, and first-hand experiences with treatment plans. Look for organised support groups in your community, such as Cancer Research UK, or the Epilepsy Society.
4. Keep a journal. A newly diagnosed condition may hinder your ability to do everyday tasks. And sometimes it’s just important to have a place to unload your thoughts. So, keeping a journal can help you keep track of your symptoms, improve your mental health and recognise any triggers so you can learn better ways to control them.
5. Concentrate on what makes you happy. Often when people are diagnosed with a medical condition, they find themselves focusing on the people and things they find most important in their lives. Find time for the people you care about and the activities you enjoy. Stay connected, or reconnect with family and friends, especially those who have a positive, optimistic view on life.
So, if you have been recently diagnosed with a medical condition, remember that there are various coping strategies you could try to help you manage. You don’t have to go through this journey alone – friends and family are always there to support you.
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