Living With a Chronic Illness

A chronic illness is defined as a condition that lasts one year or more. Dealing with a chronic illness can be frightening and stressful, especially if you’re just receiving the diagnosis. Unlike other illnesses or injuries, there isn’t always an end in sight, and it can deeply impact your way and quality of life. After coping with the shocking diagnosis, there are some steps that you can take to improve your quality of life, and keep yourself as healthy as possible.

1. Learn about your condition

The first step to managing your chronic illness is to understand it better.  Do some research on your condition, including what symptoms to expect, possible treatments, and how it affects your body. You’ll also want to talk to your doctor and ask questions to get a better understanding of possible treatment plans and get clarity. We love the journal feature in Acensa Health App to jot down notes and questions you might want to ask your doctor and track any changes to your symptoms.  

2. Manage your care

While your doctor and other care workers are a critical part of your care team, it’s essential to take responsibility for your own care and be your own advocate. Keep track of your symptoms, blood pressure, sugar levels, pulse, and weight for example. Listen to your body and always chart all of your symptoms. This will help you monitor changes and provide accurate information to your care team. Definitely use the Acensa Health app to track all your medical appointments, documents, and health information.  We love the profile share feature so you can keep other family members part of your care without having to set up family calls or send email updates. 

3. Organize your health documents

Staying organized when you suffer from a chronic illness is key to staying on top of your health and being prepared for any medical emergencies. As someone who is dealing with a health condition, you may have several doctors that you need to keep track of. If you see your doctor regularly, you’ll want to keep track of upcoming appointments and checkups as well. You can keep all of this information, along with your health cards and documents safe and organized in the Acensa Health App.

4. Prioritize your mental health

Living with a chronic illness can be incredibly stressful and emotionally challenging, for you and your loved ones.  Prioritize your mental health by making time for self-care practices and doing what you love when you can. Make time for self-care activities like meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature. Remember to do things you love and enjoy and try to maintain a positive mindset. 

5. Make lifestyle changes

With a chronic illness, it’s highly likely that you won’t be able to live exactly as you did before your diagnosis. Things in your life will inevitably have to change, but as you accept these changes, they will become easier to manage. Not all of the changes and shifts that happen have to be considered a negative thing. Make the necessary changes in your life which can include eating healthy, getting exercise, spending time outdoors, and tracking your health. These changes will make living with your chronic illness easier and will help keep you healthy.

6. Become adaptable

Your mindset can make all of the difference in how you handle your chronic illness. It’s not possible to always have a positive attitude, but shifting the way you look at your condition can change your outlook on life. By following these tips, you can improve your quality of life and manage your chronic illness more effectively. Remember to prioritize self-care, stay organized, and make healthy choices that support your overall well-being.

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