If you've had a major health crisis in your life such as a heart attack, stroke, or cancer diagnosis, chances are, besides battling the physical problem, you've got your hands full with the psychological problems that accompany these health challenges. Here are some ways to cope with them.
Prepare for the future
When it comes to some health crisis, such as cancer, a big part of the recovery process is education so that you can be more relaxed and know what to expect.
For example, an important part of that could be a virtual tour of radiation treatment, so that potential patients can see exactly how inviting and stress-free the conditions are when they actually undergo radiation therapy.
Knowledge is power, and both cancer advocates, as well as cardiac experts, advise people to become as knowledgeable as possible concerning their health care situation.
And don't just concentrate on peripherals such as giving up smoking, starting a new exercise routine and changing your diet. Such changes may be extremely important contributions to your recovery, but there are many other factors which greatly contribute to the meaning of life which a health crisis may bring up.
How to get past a health crisis
Although it didn't concentrate on health alone, Time Magazine’s article “9 Ways Mentally Strong People Bounce Back from a Crisis” presented ways to be mentally tough when facing any crisis, health included.
Among the ideas suggested were:
- Focus on what you can control, not what you can't. Concerning a health crisis, you can't go back in time and prevent it. Don't beat yourself up over it, but find ways to move forward.
- Reflect on what you've learned about your health crisis.
- Take decisive action as to how you will move forward.
- Take stock and practice gratitude for what you've still got in your life
- Look for new opportunities for the future
- Reassess your priorities
- Positive self-talk that affirms "you can handle this" goes a long way
- Take care of yourself physically
- Learn to adapt to your circumstances
Spend time in natural habitat
In Western society, as overall interaction with nature slowly declines, scientists are exploring whether or not reconnecting with parks, woodlands, and beaches would possibly benefit our general health and well-being.
Join a support group
The number one advice for people who've undergone a health crisis is to join a support group to find out how other people have coped with a similar crisis. Through a support group, you can gain the answers to important ways to manage rather than cope with your health problem, such as how to work, how to enjoy sex again, and how to change your diet, and how to set new goals for your life.
Almost every major disease has a support group which can serve as a vital link to transitioning to the future.
Guest post by Craig Evans
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Craig Evans is a finance fanatic and tech junkie based in Sydney, Australia. He likes to impart his knowledge and insights on the latest business industry news on his blog Curious Vision.
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