My life is plagued with medical problems and I feel no one understands what I go through. I have problems breathing, bowel issues, and a hearing deficit. I’m only in my twenties. Issues with your health can take a toll on your mental well being and I sympathize with anyone who shares the same concerns. If you are battling a chronic illness, there are things you can do to ease your anxiety and make yourself feel better.
Having to face constant medical issues raises several concerns. One, it creates anxiety when you know that there is something wrong with your body and it seems like no treatment is helping. You grow fearful that you will have to deal with this for the rest of your life. Not only will you be constantly thinking about your health but you be seeing your doctors more often which can affect you financially. Second, you become paranoid that your health can take a turn for the worst. You’re afraid that this illness can lead to a more serious issue and you won’t be able to recover. It causes irrational thoughts and can get you into a depressive state of mind.
Concerns for your health warrants a visit to medical professionals when it becomes overwhelming. When an issue has been plaguing you take the necessary steps to seek out specialists who can assist you. Use resources such as Yelp and your network of friends and family to find the best doctor. Don’t be afraid to get second opinions from professionals in the area who may suggest a different treatment plan than the one you may already be on. We have access to an array of professionals that can remedy our symptoms, but this won’t be possible if you do not take action. Letting the problems persist or failing to make health a priority can have a snowball effect on your mind.
Once you have a plan in place and you are being treated, there are additional things you can do to make you less anxious. Meditation, for example, can be incredibly soothing. By focusing on your breath and clearing your head you become less focused on the symptoms you are experiencing. Allow the meditation to calm your mind.
In addition to meditation, practicing gratitude is essential. By recognizing that you have been given another chance to live life, you can look at things from a more optimistic perspective. Although you are suffering, be mindful that you’ve been given another day to seek help and experience the wonders of this world. You live another day to potentially see a cure or stronger treatments. You must be mindful that with every new day, your chance of curing you illness increases.
Being plagued with symptoms on a regular basis can cause strife in our life. We have to be patient and learn to deal with everything affecting us. Acknowledge that you’ve been given the short end of the stick but don’t let it get you down and affect your mental well being. Staying positive during these hard times can have a huge impact on how you live with your symptoms and potentially one day alleviate it once and for all.
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