How To Help A Loved One Who Is In Poor Health
When a loved one develops an illness, whether it is serious or not, it’s normal to go through a variety of emotional experiences, from a form of annoyance to something akin to grieving. Illnesses, whether they are life-threatening or not, do need a lot of attention from friends and relatives. Dealing with diseases is more than a medical issue, there is a complete emotional evolution to take into account and to care for.
Your sick relative or friend is going through a lot already, so any support to ease their suffering is always welcome. But how can you help effectively, and more importantly, how can you help without losing your mind? Illnesses are not easy on the mood, and it’s not uncommon to find that people who suffer from a chronic, life-threatening or disturbing illness can become depressed, irritable and unreasonable. Being there for them takes a lot of patience, courage and mental strength.
Helping A Loved One Deal With Illness
Dealing with illness is often an overwhelming experience for your sick friend or relative: The diagnosis often feels like an unfair death sentence. Many are still under the impression that illnesses happen to others. For the one who is ill, finding support becomes a priority: They need to talk to someone who will listen and understand.
While you might listen, if you have no experience of their illness, don’t feel offended if they begin to look for online communities and patients with similar issues. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t help them. Your support is invaluable as long as you remember to be tactful with what you say. Don’t just tell them that they look awful, help them to relax about their situation and make them laugh if you can. Humor is one of the best remedies when it comes to beating fear and depression.
Being There Even When There’s No Hope
If the poor health is life-threatening, it’s important to understand that both of you will go through an emotional roller coaster, with a lot more low moments than high. Additionally, it’s important to talk about death and especially to design a plan for the end of life care nursing. These conversations can be notoriously difficult but they are essential and they will address a lot of worries.
You can find experienced support to help your friend or relative deal with everyday life tasks and to make them as comfortable as possible. At the same time, you should be seeking emotional help to deal with your own anticipatory grief. Sorrow, anxiety, and depression are only some of the common issues that those who are dealing with poor health and a terminally ill relative experience. There’s no way around it: It’s tough. But finding a therapist to talk to will help you make the best of the time with your loved one.
Being There For The Little Things Too
Not every illness is life-threatening. That doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. Not dying is not an argument that you can use to ignore the poor health of your friend or relative. Whether they need emotional support to go through the day or more practical help, you should be there for the little things in their lives too. It might seem immaterial for them to worry about whether they look good or not when you know that in a few months’ time they will have recovered from their illness. But it’s important to remind them that you care and that recovery will come in its own time.
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