When you get diagnosed with a chronic illness, it can feel like your entire life has changed. Your everyday life will never be the same as you have to dedicate time to managing symptoms, often your diet has to change, and in some cases, you’re not able to do some of the hobbies you enjoy anymore. It’s not uncommon to feel the overbearing weight of this change and staying positive can be difficult. With the help of a chronic illness coach, you can keep a positive attitude and take on your new challenges with a new approach.
At Step By Step Wellness & Weight Loss, I can help you find ways to keep a positive attitude. Read this guide below for tips to get started.
Remember that you’re not alone
No matter how rare the disease is with which you’ve been diagnosed, there are always others who are fighting the same fight as you. The digital age has made it easier than ever to learn more about the battle you’re going to be fighting as well as find others who are in the same boat as you. Find Facebook groups, Instagram pages, and other social media groups where you can get support from others in your area and across the world. You can be a support to others in the group as well, which will also help you to stay positive.
Set small goals
If your chronic illness is one that you can fight to send symptoms into remission, you can set yourself goals. Be mindful of where you are now and what it takes to get there. Set goals to reach milestones and help fight against illness. For instance, if you’re overweight and have developed Type 2 diabetes, you can set small weight loss and diet goals for yourself to improve your A1C. Setting goals to improve yourself is like eating an elephant, as they say. You take it one bite at a time until it’s gone.
Focus on your overall quality of life
It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with chronic illness or not, it’s far too easy to focus on the negative in life. Your approach to your everyday tasks as well as your overall mental health will improve your ability to focus on the positive and your quality of life. Do you have limitations because of your chronic illness? Perhaps, but we all have limitations in places where we don’t want to. You can take hold of the overall quality of your life and improve it for the better so that your illness is simply a part of you but doesn’t define who you are.
Learn how to manage your symptoms
It’s not unusual to have good days and bad days when living with an illness. As you learn more about your illness, you can learn how to manage your symptoms to minimize the bad days through experience. An example of this would be someone who needs to make dietary changes to manage their symptoms. They will quickly learn what food choices make for the worsening of symptoms and what helps. this will lead to better management of symptoms as they find ways to help themselves.
Get support from a coach
If you’re looking for help from someone to stay positive, a chronic illness coach is a great place to start. Step By Step Wellness & Weight Loss is an excellent place to find support and positivity. Schedule a free 20-minute consultation today to find out more about how I can help you through your journey with chronic illness.