In the absence of time to write my own posts, here’s another post written by someone else… Â Stay positive!
Being sick, no matter the illness, is never fun. Instead itâ€™s scary, or worrisome, or annoying, or painful. You likely also feel out of control, both of your body and over the Medical Billing that may be yet to come. Unfortunately, thereâ€™s no way to eliminate all those negative feelings, besides getting healthy. But this doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t be positive â€“ or at least as positive as possible â€“ as your illness runs its course. Not only can doing so make you feel better about yourself, but it can also help you get better in the first place.
Here are a few approaches Iâ€™ve taken in the past when dealing with an illness:
Appreciate Those Who Care for You
Whether itâ€™s a friend, a spouse, a family member, or a nurse, the person helping you through your illness cares about you, is there for you, and wants you to get well. For this, that person should be appreciated. You can also take it a step further, and consider all those people who care about you all the time, even when youâ€™re healthy. While your illness may bring out their support and concern, itâ€™s always there under the surface. Use your illness as a way to stop taking that for granted.
Contextualize Your Situation
No matter your illness, thereâ€™s a good chance it could be worse. There is someone out there in worse pain than you, with a worse prognosis than you, and receiving care that is inferior to yours. While this may seem like a morose way of staying positive, the ultimate aim is to focus on yourself. Think about what your body is doing right, how hard itâ€™s working to fight the illness, and the ways in which things could be worse. If we donâ€™t value our bodies enough when weâ€™re healthy, we can still appreciate how they fight for us when weâ€™re sick.
Try to Relax
When youâ€™re sick, thereâ€™s a lot that is outside of your control. You canâ€™t develop a new medication or go inside your body and battle an infection, and itâ€™s easy to get regularly caught up in these uncontrollables. The best approach, for both your mind and your body, is to try to relax. Get rest, read a book, and donâ€™t attempt to stress yourself back into good health. Trust your body and the medication to do its job, and work to tune out your mind as much as possible. Itâ€™s not always an easy task, but Iâ€™ve found that itâ€™s worth it.
Whatever your approach, itâ€™s important to stay as positive as possible when battling an illness. Being sick is difficult, but all of us are better off with some sanity and peace of mind. To those of you out there suffering from an illness: stay positive. And get better soon.