Living with chronic illness or pain
Many of us will experience some form of physical illness in our lives. Living with illness can sometimes have a serious impact on our emotional and mental wellbeing.
If you, or a loved-one, is living with chronic illness, pain or a health condition, it could be difficult to adjust to your ‘new reality’.
In the current COVID-19 crisis, many people with underlying health problems have been advised to remain at home for the foreseeable future.
For some, this added human burden of extreme social isolation on top of their existing health issues could prove to be exceptionally challenging.
Click here to start a conversation about how counselling and psychotherapy at Pathways Brighton & Hove can help in times of illness or pain
If you’re living with a chronic health condition, pain or illness, you're not alone if you feel:
Out of control
loss of motivation
A space just for you
Many people living with chronic illness or pain can find it a very isolating and frustrating experience.
It can really help to talk to a professional who can offer you moral and psychological support without the unintentional pressure that emotional ties to friends and loved-ones can, on occasion, also bring.
Counselling and psychotherapy provide you with a space which is entirely yours to make use of as you need.
In the room you can talk freely about your condition or pain levels and how it might be affecting the practicalities of life as well as anything else you wish to explore about your thoughts, feelings, hopes and challenges.
If you are struggling with any additional problems such as anxiety or depression, then a therapist can also help you to address these.
For those who are currently self-isolating (and those who aren't) it can be hard to address emotional and mental health problems through commonly-suggested methods like socialising and exercise.
Nevertheless, there are many ways that can help to address any downward shifts, either in or out of lockdown.
10 ways to help manage the mental and emotional impact of chronic illness
Speaking regularly to your friends and loved-ones
Avoiding unnecessary stresses and strains
Finding something new you enjoy doing or have always wanted to try
Regularly engaging in nurturing self-care activities such as a warm bubble bath, manicure, hot towel shave, or massage
Listening to a podcast, audio book, favourite album, or creating a new playlist
Learning something new, such as taking a short course online or via distance learning
Joining a forum or group discussion for a cause you really care about
Listening to a relaxation or meditation playlist or CD, either in the morning,
before bed, or both
Looking after yourself at every possible opportunity
Talking to others about how you feel
Talking to a counsellor or therapist can help
Talking to a counsellor can be a valuable form of additional support in helping you manage your condition.
This may be through learning relaxation techniques or psychological methods to help you better manage pain or fatigue, or to directly support you with your emotional wellbeing.
Perhaps you're contemplating new limits on what you can do, where you can go, or what lies ahead of you.
Maybe you're feeling worried about the future or perhaps you're concerned about someone else.
Your mental health and your ability to cope with adversity is something which always has the opportunity to be positively addressed, regardless of your physical health.
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