The last year has made us all keenly aware of the fact that life is often fragile, and caring for ourselves is important. We’ve also been made aware that sometimes, difficult events, sad situations and real challenges can come for us unannounced.
For this reason, it’s good to care for ourselves and those around us. Being able to be honest, to admit our challenges, and to do our best with them ultimately gives us meaning, which can be a real reprieve when struggling with an issue we never asked for.
This is also important to remember if you need to manage a newly diagnosed or worsening condition. After all, dealing with an issue like this can sometimes feel quite isolating, and while it takes us a lot of strength to manage it, making sure we know of and try to manage our needs can help us feel a little more rejuvenated.
In this post, we’ll discuss a few tidbits of advice you can use to help you manage your condition in a healthier, easy and more positive sense. We cannot know the extent of your situation – so take these points as warm, flexible and supportive guidelines instead of assumptive rules.
Let’s get started:
Be Honest & Speak Up (If You Have The Conviction To)
Not everyone who suffers from a condition may wish to speak about it endlessly or to wallow in every single additional meaning or consideration this implies. That’s totally understandable, and those people are absolutely entitled to their privacy.
For those who wish to engage, of course, there are many worthwhile reasons for doing so. First and perhaps most understandably, when we open up, we help those who aren’t experienced in such a condition begin to understand it. For instance, celebrities such as Michael J Fox have done their utmost to help people understand the daily struggle of Parkinsons and what that disease entails, while, in his case, also wrapping that education in a tale of perseverance and a willingness to move forward with confidence.
There are two great benefits from speaking up in this way. First, discussion helps to totally reduce unwarranted myths about your condition while allowing the reality to shine through, and second, it simply feels good to get this off your chest. In other words – you deserve to speak about your condition if you’d like to. In that way, society can more easily understand that disabled people or those with illnesses aren’t ‘separate’ from the rest of us, they, and you, are us. There’s no better lesson than that.
Use Conveniences Where You Can
Of course, not everyone you do should be in the support of some higher ideal. Instead, caring for yourself and making sure you have the right amenities to maintain your condition is essential. For instance, utilizing services that help you repeat prescriptions online can be tremendously helpful, allowing you to take the logistical consideration out of having access to the medicine you need.
Conveniences may also involve setting certain GPS apps to only direct you to businesses or institutions with disabled access, or perhaps subscribing to YouTube channels run by people who create content for people with your condition. Conveniences may involve applying to use a meal delivery service as part of a scheme in your local authority, or taking part in a local government-sponsored fitness or swimming class for people with your condition to manage their flexibility. Support and services to help are out there – don’t feel bad about using conveniences where you can.
Speak To Support Groups Or Communities That Understand
We have already spoken about the power of speaking to those interested to learn about your condition, helping you feel as if you’re contributing (because you absolutely will be). But that doesn’t mean you have to consider yourself a herald in all things.
Sometimes, you can just vent, and doing so with a community that understands can be key. It might be that you meet up with a group that discuss their struggles with the long-term consequences of substance addiction, a natural follow-on point from your rehabilitation process. Or, perhaps you can simply find websites like Reddit and post with an anonymous name in an online subforum that discusses your condition – correcting those who are mistaken or speaking supportively with those who understand. Everyone wants to feel like someone understands them in this world, it’s no shame to find that kinship online, particularly if your condition isn’t always so common.
Take Solace In The Small Victories
It’s healthy to take solace in the small victories, too. Every day can denote new ones. Perhaps you had a great sleep last night, and you’re in good spirits today. Perhaps you were just vaccinated against Covid-19, so you can slowly begin to feel a little less anxious about the state of affairs regarding those measures.
Taking solace in the smaller victories helps you keep things in perspective, and it will also show you that life isn’t all bad, even if you do struggle from time to time. Furthermore, this process builds your gratitude, which is certainly a much better way to live life than feeling bitter – unfortunately, this can happen if we don’t remind ourselves of what is important in life and are prone to comparing our journey to others. Take solace in the small victories – they are yours to celebrate.
Give Yourself Some Credit
Managing a condition isn’t easy. Don’t handwave that. You’re likely much stronger than you give yourself credit for, and while it’s not wise to stroke your ego too much, it can’t hurt to be proud of yourself, or to pay yourself respect when it’s due.
You may be entitled to some much-needed credit. You’re no lesser of a person because you suffer a condition, and as insensitive as it can seem to say this on the surface – managing even the hardest of times ennobles you. Don’t forget that, or let yourself dismiss yourself. This helps you curate the self-respect you deserve.
With this advice, I hope you can make managing a condition healthier, easier and more positive going forward.