When you’re in the midst of a health issue, your life can feel completely off-balance. Whether you’re one of the 133 million Americans affected by chronic illness, you’ve been injured or disabled, or even if you’re dealing with the common cold, feeling unwell can disrupt your life.
It’s easy to get frustrated, angry, or even wonder “why me?” when you’re forced to cope with illness or injury. But, if you remain focused on the negative side of your condition, you will never find peace. Yes, it can feel unfair when you’re physically unwell in any way. You might be grieving the loss of your old life or things you could once do that you no longer can.
But, by focusing on your mental health as much as the physical side of things, you can work on finding peace, accepting reality, and moving forward. Your mental state can make a big difference in your outlook on life and your condition and can help you to feel better no matter the circumstances.
So, how can you find peace when you’re physically unwell?
Focus On What You Can Control
There are certain things in life you have no control over. When you’re physically unwell, it can feel like that list gets even larger. But, by focusing all of your attention on the things you can’t control, you’ll end up getting more frustrated. Unfortunately, that can lead to mental health conditions like depression or anxiety.
Instead, focus on the things you can control, despite your condition. How can you eliminate certain stressors from your life so you can focus on your wellbeing?
Think about both the big and little things you can control each day. For example, money is often a stressor. If you can work toward finding financial peace, it can be one less thing to worry about and you can focus on your health rather than bills piling up. If you have considerable medical debt, consider options like:
- A payment plan with your hospital
- Double-checking coverage with your insurance company
- Settling your debt
- Applying for debt forgiveness
You can also control the little things you do each day. They can add up quickly, and help you feel better about yourself. Do you sit at a computer or desk during the day? Paying attention to your posture will benefit your joint health, digestion, and energy levels. It’s a small thing that can make a big difference.
Get outside as often as possible for a mood and energy boost to fight fatigue. Choose to smile. Meal prep something healthy to eat. These small choices are fully within your control and can help you to feel a sense of peace each day.
Consider Alternative Treatments
Going to the hospital or a doctor’s office frequently can be overwhelming and tiring. While traditional treatments, medications, and therapies are there to help, you might feel calmer if you look into alternative treatment options, too.
CBD has become a popular treatment option for a variety of different illnesses and ailments, including:
- Pain relief
- Anxiety and depression
- Cancer-related symptoms
- Heart conditions
CBD or hemp can also be used to help break nicotine addictions, reducing your risk of developing respiratory issues or lung cancer.
Another substance growing in popularity is kratom. It’s a plant and a member of the coffee family. While more research needs to be done, one study found that participants who drank a tea made from kratom showed an increase in pain tolerance.
If you don’t want to take or ingest anything, consider solutions that are specifically directed toward helping you find peace, such as mindfulness and/or meditation. Even just a few minutes each day can help you to feel more relaxed and release your worries about the future.
Keep Yourself Healthy Now
There is no way to prevent every type of illness or injury. As stated above, things happen every day that are completely out of your control. Taking care of your physical and mental health after a diagnosis is important. But, there are things you can do now, no matter your current state of health and no matter your age, that can reduce your risk of developing certain issues later.
For example, some common old age problems include things like hearing loss, joint issues, and breathing problems. You can fight back against those ailments now by regularly visiting your doctor, getting hearing and vision exams, and taking care of your joint health.
The good news? It isn’t difficult to keep yourself healthy now. Two of the best things you can do are to exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Exercise can help with weight management and will keep your joints and muscles strong. It can also improve your cardiovascular health, boost your immune system, and even improve your sleep.
Additionally, exercise can help you to feel more at peace. It helps with symptoms of anxiety and depression. So, whether you’re dealing with a chronic condition now or trying to keep your mind and body strong for the future, it’s one of the best ways to take care of yourself.
Finding peace when you’re unwell might seem difficult, at first. But, if you don’t let your condition, whether it’s temporary or long-term, define who you are, you can continue to move forward with your life and make the most of each day.