Chronic conditions can be extremely difficult to deal with. Some days are better than others, but it’s a guarantee that you’ll have some days that are incredibly taxing. Not only is a chronic condition physically taxing, but mentally and emotionally as well. A chronic condition can also affect your relationships. There are a few different types of relationships, and they’re all affected by chronic conditions. It’s important to try and stay positive, and maintaining healthy relationships of all kinds. Here’s how you can maintain a healthy relationship with:
- Your friends
- Your family
Many of us have had friends so long, that they’re practically family. Whether a friend is old or new, maintaining a positive relationship with them is of utmost importance when dealing with a chronic condition. It’s important that your friends be understanding of your condition, knowing that you may not be able to attend all the functions that they participate in. A catch-up holiday weekend on the beach may be nice with all your girlfriends, but it can be incredibly difficult if you’re dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, for example. A good friend will be supportive and encouraging, and love you no matter what.
They say that you can pick your friends, but you’re stuck with your family! Through good and bad, there are not many things stronger and more important than a familial bond. It’s important to explain your condition to your family, and ask for their full understanding and cooperation. Again, remind them that you may not be able to do everything you’d like to do, but that you’re simply doing your best. Sometimes, your best may be only a little bit, and that’s perfectly acceptable.
Your family and friends are both examples of external relationships. What’s equally (and arguably most) important is a relationship that’s completely internal: your relationship with yourself. Allow yourself to try your best, and know that your best is enough. Allow yourself to have a bad day, know that the sun will rise tomorrow, and it’s another day to start fresh. Allow yourself to forgive, and know that no one is perfect. Most importantly, allow yourself to live, and make the most of every day.