When you have been diagnosed with a serious illness, you’re likely to feel anxious and depressed, which can lead to a lot of unnecessary stress.
But what if that anxiety and depression can be treated with holistic medicine?
This article is part of the ‘Get the facts right’ series, which features key articles from the media and the public to help you make up your mind about the scientific consensus on the health risks and benefits of the latest and greatest treatments.
It’s easy to see how many people are caught up in the hype surrounding the latest treatments, but what about those who have never taken an anti-depressant?
Here are some simple tips to help avoid being overwhelmed with emotions and stress and making unnecessary decisions about your health.1.
Stop looking for ways to ‘fix’ yourself and your condition.
Instead, focus on how to heal yourself from your illness.
You don’t need to spend all your time worrying about the symptoms of a disease or the side effects of medication.
You don’t have to try to diagnose yourself or find a cure.
Instead you need to take a deep breath, relax and focus on what you can do for yourself and for others.2.
Take time to get to know your body and how you feel.
There’s a great article by the popular author Dr. David Nutt, which shows how you can use your body to help guide you through your illness and how to be more relaxed.3.
Look for ways that you can ‘reclaim’ your life.
Whether you have a new job, new relationships, or new hobbies, you can make time to reconnect with yourself.
Make time to take breaks from your usual activities.4.
Take breaks to recharge.
You may feel drained and tired, but the time you spend taking breaks from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is a time to reclaim your energy, feel good about yourself, and be more productive.5.
Find out if you’re in the early stages of your illness or if you are getting better.
Ask your doctor, a friend, or a health care professional if you can start to see if you have underlying health problems or if they need to see you for follow-up care.
If you need a doctor, talk to your local GP about referral to an infectious disease specialist or an infectious diseases clinic.