Dealing with kidney disease can create a fair amount of tension, but you don’t have to let stress be the ruling power within your life. It’s a known fact that when stress is left undealt with over a period of time, it can potentially evolve to become a more serious mental health issue. Therefore when encountering the first signs of stress it’s important that you take any necessary steps to effectively combat it.
Here are some things that you can do to manage the stress of living with kidney disease:
If you have questions or concerns, write down anything that you could ask your healthcare provider to shed light on your circumstance. You may have questions about either kidney disease or the treatment you are receiving. Or you may wonder how to find information which would allow you to locate and obtain certain resources. Your doctor can both answer your queries and point you towards the resources you seek.
You may consider consulting a social worker for information on topics such as what to do if you can no longer perform the same career work that you did before.
Counseling, Friends or Social Worker
If you have access to counselling it’s a good idea to utilize the services available to you. When you have a health condition such as kidney disease you may at times feel overwhelmed. Word exchanges with a professional mental health care worker can be exactly what you need to keep stress at a manageable level.
If you don’t need the help of a professional and you have an understanding friend or family member, talk to them. The release may prove cathartic.
Keep Physically Active
With kidney disease, there may be limitations on what you can do, but that’s no reason to let your health deteriorate. Exercising regularly is a way to cut through stress.
Stay Happy by Creating
Apply some of your talents to creating works of art in whichever form is most suitable to you. You may be an artist and love to paint; you may be a poet, or perhaps a writer. When you are occupied with such things you are focusing on creating and positivity; of course this keeps you too busy to focus on things which cause you stress.
Eat Healthy Foods
Pay attention to which foods you consume. When exposed to stress many feel a compulsion to overeat, or else have trouble controlling which types of food they eat. Succumbing to such compulsions when facing kidney disease, you may aggravate your condition to become more serious. This is another reason why it is of utmost importance to manage stress effectively.
Meditation brings peace. It can help you to alleviate stress and create an appropriate degree of inner stillness during trying times. Meditation is also known to bring you insight into matters of concern.
Expose Yourself to Nature
When spending time outdoors in nature you are taking the time to appreciate the beauty of the world, and to filter it all in. There is healing within this. Taking time to literally ‘stop and smell the roses’ is an effective way to counter stress.
The above is a practical synopsis of how to deal with tolerable amounts of stress. But if at any time you are feeling overwhelmed you should seek the help of a competent mental health care practitioner.