One day, everything is fine, and you’re just going about life, doing your thing. The next, you’re in the doctor’s office, and they’re telling you that you have a condition that is going to stay with you for the rest of your life.
While it’s not life-threatening, it’s still something that you need to manage, and it’s clear that your life moving forward is going to be different from the one you had yesterday.
I have had a few unexpected (and random ailments) in my day. From waking up with a paralyzed face to almost going blind in one eye. You never know what tomorrow holds. This life is crazy.
All of this can be pretty scary, but it’s not the end of the world. A new diagnosis is a hard pill to swallow. (Excuse the pun). Unexpected things like this can really mess with your mental health. But it doesn’t have to. Let’s take a look at five tips for coming to grips with a new diagnosis. So, we can learn to make lemonade out of lemons.
Your doctor will have given you the bare information of your condition, and perhaps a leaflet or two with some literature. But like everything else to do with the human body, a few pages of text will only be the tip of the iceberg. I am an avid believer in doing your own research. (As long as you can take everything with a grain of salt).
So the first thing you should do is get to the library, and check out as many books on the topic as you can find. This will have multiple benefits. First, it’ll explain exactly what your condition is and is not.
Second, it’ll help you help yourself, and not rely on doctors and other people to do everything for you. You know some ins and outs of your body that a doctor could miss. There are some connections that only you can make that will help explain your diagnosis.
Control What You Can
And taking this step further, it’s important that you control what you can. Finding out that you have a condition can feel like a small loss of power like something has been taken away from you.
Well, take something back!
You can buy your own medical supplies online, stay on top of any promising studies that are being conducted by scientists, and find out your own way to manage your lifestyle. This will help your body, but also help you mentally take charge and accept what’s going on.
Maybe you need a new exercise routine or better dieting habits. These are all things you do have control over. Don’t let your depression lie to you. You are not powerless in these situations.
Reach Out to Others
It’s easy to get to thinking that you’re all alone when it comes to receiving a new diagnosis. Your friends and family are unlikely to have the same condition, so who do you turn to? Why, the internet and community support groups, of course. The “Wonder Wide Web” – a place of mystery and vast information.
Whatever it is you have, you’re not going to be the first person to have it – and that means that there are going to be plenty of people out there who can offer invaluable support and advice as you get your journey underway.
Don’t know where to start?! Just type your aliment into to good ol’ Google and add “+ forum” after it. This should be a great start to finding the community and resources you need.
Don’t Stop Doing What You Love
While your diagnosis is going to absorb most of your time and energy in the early days, it’s important that you don’t stop doing what you love. There’s always a way to carry on with your passions, regardless of what happens to your body. Staying on top of your interests and hobbies is a surefire way to prevent you from falling into poor mental health.
Don’t Mope: Take Action!
The medical world is a miracle, and it can help anyone willing to help themselves. So don’t mope around, accept your new circumstances and do your best to make you own it, not the other way round.
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