By: Stan Popovich
What can you do when you find out from your doctor that you have a life-threatening illness?
It can very scary when you realize that you have a serious health issue that could impact the rest of your life.
As a result, here are eight tips on what you can do to help overcome your fears when it comes to dealing with an illness.
1. Get all of the facts: The first step you need to do is to get all of the facts regarding your health from your doctor. Do not rush to conclusions about your situation. Get all the necessary information and details of your condition from the professionals before rushing to any judgements. This is a great way in managing your fear of getting older.
2. Determine your options: Once you get all of the details about your illness, the next step is to go through your options with your doctor. Determine what you can do to get better. It is also recommended that you get a second and third opinion from other doctors. You do not want to rely on one person’s advice when making a life altering decision regarding your health.
3. Stay positive: Remain positive and avoid negative thinking if possible. Read some self-help books that have a lot of positive affirmations and statements. Reading these statements can help you to remain positive and replace negative thoughts during your stressful times.
4. Pray often: Prayer works. There are many inspirational magazines and books on how people were helped through the power of prayer. Read some articles to get an idea on how effective prayer can be in your life. Never doubt the power of God. Ask God for help and talk to a priest or minister on how you can get closer to God.
5. Join a support group: Try to find a local support group that helps people in your situation. There are many programs out there that provide assistance to you and your loved ones while you are in a midst of a health crisis. Talk to your doctor or a mental health counselor for more information.
6. Spend time with friends: Develop a network of friends and get involved in different social activities. Friends can reduce loneliness and they can give encouragement regarding your situation. A person can also volunteer their time to help others. Volunteering can give you the perspective that there are people out there that are worse off then you.
7. You can’t predict the future: Although you may be scared, try not to predict what may happen down the road regarding your health. The key is to not worry about the future because there are usually other factors and circumstances that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Focus on the present instead of worrying about what may happen down the road.
8. You are in God’s hands: The fact of the matter is that everyone will eventually pass away. Some things in life are just out of our control and your best bet is to include God in your life. You will be better off in the long run if you use the power of God in your life regardless if you are sick or healthy. Remember that God’s ways are not our ways.
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