Last week’s Wellness Wednesday post was all about how to navigate being diagnosed with a serious illness. In today’s blog, we’re going to be sharing some tips on how you can cope when a loved one is ill. Whether you become their carer during these difficult times or not, having a loved one diagnosed with a serious illness can be really difficult. It can be extremely stressful and upsetting, leading to emotional strain and impacting your mental and physical help.
It’s completely normal to feel an array of intense emotions when someone you care about is seriously ill. You may feel numb, extreme sadness, guilt, anger, helplessness. During these difficult life transitions, it’s essential to look after your own health and wellbeing.
- Ask for help.
Some people find it difficult to accept or ask for help, but it’s so important to do so. If you’re caring for your loved one, let a friend, neighbour, family member ease the burden – maybe you need to run an errand, go to the gym, or simply take some time for yourself to relax.
- Take a break.
Schedule in some time for yourself at least once a day. Even if you’re not caring for your loved one, it can be helpful to schedule in time where you tell yourself that you’re not allowed to worry – any worries can be thought about later. Do something that will help you take your mind off what’s going on. That could be anything from reading a chapter of a book, going for a walk with a friend, meditating, baking, exercising – whatever you enjoy.
- Don’t neglect your own health.
When a loved one is ill, it’s all too easy to focus on their health and recovery, and neglect your own wellbeing. Make sure you’re eating a balanced and nutritional diet, exercising regularly and getting enough quality sleep.
- Talk to others in the same situation.
It can be really comforting and reassuring to speak to other people who know how you feel. See if there is a support group in your area that you can join, or find an online forum.
- Speak to a professional.
Look after your mental health by speaking to a professional. They can work with you to protect your wellbeing and help you navigate and cope with these difficult times.
If someone you care about is facing a serious illness, get in touch with Dalton Wise today.