Coping With Periods of Ill Health

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Hopefully, you won’t experience any period of particularly ill health during your lifetime. But this is something that many of us have to deal with at some point or another. There are so many different factors that can influence your overall happiness and well being during periods of ill health and it’s best to be prepared for them. Chronic conditions and illnesses require coping strategies whether dealing with them yourself or caring for a loved one. Here are just a few steps that you might want to consider taking for your own good on the road to recovery!


Dealing with Illness


The first step that you need to take when you are feeling ill, either through sickness or through injury, is to seek medical attention. No matter how minor you think that your symptoms are, the sooner you consult a healthcare professional, the sooner you can begin treatment. This will reduce the amount of suffering that you will experience and will set you on the path to recovery. If you need urgent help, contact emergency services or head to the emergency department of the nearest hospital. If symptoms don’t seem quite so serious, book an appointment with your doctor.


Dealing with Finances


Being ill can cause financial stress for various reasons. Sometimes you will need to take regular periods of time off work to attend appointments, consultations, scans, or procedures. Sometimes you will need to take extended periods of time off work for recovery. It is important that you look up what sick pay you are entitled to and claim it. However, generally speaking, while you aren’t working, you generally won’t be earning as much money. If you are suffering as a result of an incident that wasn’t your fault, you might want to contact a specialist. They may be able to create and present a court case that will provide you with compensation that can cover loss of earnings. This could also provide you with sufficient cash to cover any medical costs that you have incurred.


Dealing with Emotions


Being unwell also tends to come hand in hand with a whole host of emotions. Any injury or illness can cause stress, upset, feelings of isolation or loneliness, and various other feelings to come bubbling to the surface. It’s important that you express and deal with these in as healthy a manner as possible. Consider reaching out for counseling or therapy that can help to guide you through your experience. For more immediate help, you can contact helplines or enroll in a support group.


These are just a few different ways that you can cope with periods of ill health effectively. Keep them in the back of your mind at all times – you never know when they might come in handy!

Last updated on April 14, 2020


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