Many people assume that managing a health condition, a disease, or a disability means that life is over, that the joy of potential is gone, and that we’re on a downward spiral after diagnosis. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and is in fact so untrue that it could be considered mildly offensive, if only it wasn’t an impression developed out of fear.
You need only look at the vast amount of people who do manage health conditions daily and still do everything they can to enjoy a great quality of life. These people often know what it means to struggle and what making the most out of each day really means, instead of feeling as though everything is given. You need only look to those who give motivational speeches, or spread awareness, or manage their day-to-day difficulties with a quiet dignity that many able-bodied people could only dream of.
If you’ve become newly disabled, or you have to manage a new condition, then it’s important to remember that while challenges lay ahead, they in no way need to determine who you are or your quality of life. In this post, we’ll discuss a few means by which to not only survive, but thrive when managing a health condition:
Find Support Groups & Services
Support groups can make all the difference when it comes to finding the help that you need, and looking to the future with optimism. For instance, getting arthritis support can often help you feel peace of mind when dealing with this confusing condition, allowing you to unlock your mobility a little more while also lessening the pain and discomfort of managing such a need.
Even using online support can make a massive difference. Communicating with people who understand the challenges you’re facing, giving and receiving advice, and even discussing helpful day to day habits that help assuage the condition can help you feel much less alone, because there will be people out there who get it.
Curate A Solid Social Network
Of course, it’s essential to have friends that you can meet up with and talk to also, or those that you can rely on when you really need them. A solid social network like this can help you always have someone to call on, as well as someone who is familiar with your needs should you travel together, who might be able to keep an eye on you, or someone you can call in an emergency. No matter if this is a family member, a lifelong friend, or someone you can talk to in confidence, having those contact points can be key. Often, people actually want to help. We get nothing by isolating ourselves and pretending that we can handle everything alone, even people who have no conditions to manage day-to-day can find life to be tough and may need support from their friends and family from time to time. Reaching out to yours is key.
Be Open & Honest About Needing Help
We’re certain you’re a strong and self-reliant person, but often, strength also comes from admitting we need further help to go forward with care. The more we can do this, then the more this conversation becomes normalized.
For instance, a guy suffering from a mental health condition will be able to totally break the stigma and mythos surrounding it if he talks to his good friends about it and isn’t afraid to open up – which is a troubling and often sad issue regarding men’s health in male communities.
It’s important to remember that keeping up with a challenge relevant to you can be key in living a healthy and wholesome life. For instance, going for a walk in the park could be a massive victory for someone experiencing mobility issues, and this can help you potentially become more flexible and stronger. For some, attending physical therapy is a very tough ask, but so worth it, a practice that must never be given up on.
Could it be that welcoming a worthwhile challenge in your life despite or even in support of your condition could help?
Don’t Be Afraid To Rest
Sometimes, we just need to rest and recover. Often, we can tend to overcompensate if we have a condition, trying to prove to ourselves that everything is perfect and we can do all we want. But perfection isn’t needed if you’re already great. Be realistic about your needs, and don’t be ashamed of them. This can make you more successful in every other initiative you take.
With this advice, we hope you can not only survive, but thrive when managing a health condition.