Coping with Chronic Illness
"Health is soundness of body and mind, and a healthy life is one which seeks that soundness. Therefore, a healthy way to live with a chronic illness is to work at overcoming the physical and emotional problems caused by the disease. The goal is to achieve the greatest possible physical capability and pleasure from life."1
Working to overcome all the emotional problems associated with chronic illness - depression, anger, frustration, helplessness - can be difficult. I've found that journaling and participating in relaxation exercises work well to vent my frustration, learn about what is really going on inside my head and give me a way to center myself.
Spirituality, or the belief in a higher power, also plays a major role in my ability to cope. To know that I have been given the ability to cope with whatever comes my way and that there is a higher power to help when I don't feel I can do it myself is a true comfort and offers peace when things get especially tough.
1 Quote from Living Healthy with Chronic Illness