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3 Keys to Improving Your Coping Skills Following an Illness Diagnosis

When a doctor gives you an illness diagnosis you’re thrown off balance. It’s an unexpected occurrence and the implications at the moment of diagnosis are overwhelming. It’s important that you create a plan for yourself to alleviate your anxiety and develop a solid set of coping skills for the road ahead. There are three keys to increasing your coping skills.

Visualize Success

The body has cell memory. Your cells remember wellness and you want to get them to remember the best health times. Beginning the treatment process with a vision of success gives you something to work toward. It’s not about creating a finish line just to make it through treatment. It’s about creating a vision for what you want your life to look like as you move forward on your journey to wellness. Consider all areas of your life and begin with a goal for each area of your life, both personal and professional. Be specific because you don’t want to send your body the wrong messages. It’s not only about how you want to feel and how resilient you want your body to be; but it includes things you’d like to see yourself doing, experiencing and feeling.

Set the Right Goals

Not every illness has the opportunity to be eradicated or even reversed. You need to know the progression of your disease. It’s crucial that you begin to set goals that are in alignment with your particular illness. The goal may not be about removing the disease, but maintaining current motor capacity or self-sufficiency. When you set goals that are realistic you have a greater energy and drive to achieve them. You send the body and the mind achievable tasks that results in alleviating stress and anxiety allowing you to put that energy into healing and wellness.

Get Pumped UP

Keeping motivated is crucial to your health. Treatment takes endurance; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Your ability to keep on the path requires that you are motivated in the same fashion that an athlete is motivated to succeed. Athletes train their bodies and their minds to compete with the hopes of being the best at their sport. The same is true for someone with an illness. Give yourself every advantage as you go through treatment. Find ways to experience joy. Acknowledge your commitment to your life. Celebrate every day.

Following a diagnosis you go into training for health and healing. It’s vital to your wellness that you develop coping skills that will keep you focused on the number one priority, your health. Don’t give the gremlins in your head one ounce of nourishment, you need every ounce of energy to return to or maintain wellness.

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