Living with illness – Suggested Do’s and Dont’s

Do’s

  • Do get the best medical care possible.
  • Inform yourself about your illness or disability.
  • Find others who have similar conditions and talk to them.
  • Let family and friends know what you experience and let them help you.
  • Keep doing the things you enjoy doing to the best of your abilities.
  • Develop and practice healthy habits.

Don’ts

  • Don’t blame yourself for your medical problems.
  • Don’t isolate yourself from others.
  • Don’t think you have to cope with your medical problems alone.
  • Don’t try to be stoic about pain and discomfort.
  • Don’t let yourself fantasize about the worst case scenarios.
  • Don’t focus on cure to the detriment of focusing on good care in the present.

Solutions for a Caretaker

Do’s

  • Continue to take good physical care of yourself.
  • Learn to read your own signals to know when you must take a break from caretaking.
  • Talk to others about the demands of caretaking
  • Appreciate what you are doing.
  • Allow yourself to feel “negative” emotions like anger and irritation at the person you are caring for.
  • Join a support group in your community or on the internet.

Don’ts

  • Don’t think you have to be able to solve every problem that arises.
  • Don’t work yourself to exhaustion.
  • Don’t take it personally if the person you are caring for is irritable or mean.
  • Don’t isolate yourself from friends and activities.
  • Don’t think that limiting your own life will make it any easier in the long run for the person you are caring for.
  • Don’t hesitate to talk to a professional to get help for yourself.

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