Thursday, January 30, 2014

Living life better even with Fatal Diseases

Nobody has perfect health so there will be problems and challenges. The most important problem-solving skill for self-care is learning how to recognize and react to fatal diseases, be it HIV, Cancer or even Diabetes. Such diseases can affect you physically and emotionally. Living with any one of them every day can leave you feeling discouraged, stressed or even depressed. It is natural to have mixed feelings and experience highs and lows. The key is to recognize these emotions as normal and taking steps to reduce the negative impact they could have on your health and life.

Your doctor may help you develop the skills to identify situations that could upset disease. But, at the end of the day, it’s you who have to fight back emotionally. There are large numbers of ways to cope with the upsets in your life, but not all of them are good for your health (smoking, overeating or avoiding people and social gatherings). Even Skipping meals, taking too much medication or drinking too much alcohol would do nothing but cause you poor health.

Dealing with diseases

Develop and nurture partnerships in your personal life with your loved ones. Join group educational sessions where you can meet and relate to people going through the same experiences. Sometimes just talking about a problem will help you solve it. This is why; you need to talk about your emotions with friends, family, or your doctor. Recognize the power of positive thinking so whenever you are feeling down, think about the moments of successes to feel good about the progress you’ve made in life—even if it’s just a little bit. Find time to do something pleasurable every day. Physical activity can influence your mood. If you are sad, anxious, stressed or upset, go for a walk, stand up and stretch, or take a bicycle ride.

There are several types of medications that are often recommended for people with severe diseases. Your medications come with specific instructions for use—and they can affect your body differently depending on when and how you take them. It’s up to you to tell your pharmacist, doctor, nurse practitioner, or health coach if you’ve noticed any side effects. Ask your doctors to help you fit your medication routine into your daily schedule. If you often forget to take your medication, remind yourself by linking it to a specific activity—like watching the news every night or brushing your teeth—or by setting an alarm on your watch or cell phone.

Some over-the-counter products, supplements, or natural remedies can interfere with the effectiveness of your prescribed medicines. Tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking so that he/she can make the best recommendations for your care. When traveling, never forget to keep supplies with you. Do not go more than 5 hours without eating during your waking hours. Limit your alcohol consumption and whenever you do drink alcoholic beverages, don’t drink on an empty stomach. It takes a little time and experience to figure out how your daily activities and actions affect your health. Make food and activity adjustments so that your body can perform at its best.

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