Chronic illness is perhaps one of the hardest things that a person will have to deal with in his or her life. Whether a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, or a significant other/loved one is, chronic illness will take a toll on a person. Chronic illness is an issue that isn’t talked about enough, as more people are dealing with it in one way or the other than most people think. Some chronic illnesses are more stressful, painful, and uncertain than others; however, all chronic illnesses impact a person’s everyday life.
Though chronic illnesses are without a doubt hard to deal with if you are the one dealing with the symptoms, it can be especially challenging for loved ones. Many loved ones don’t know how to connect to the person dealing with the illness. If this sounds familiar, and you have a loved one that is dealing with chronic illness, this post will detail some ways to help you connect to your loved one and improve his or her day.
How to Connect With Your Loved One That is Dealing With a Chronic Illness
It’s hard on loved ones to watch their mother, father, sibling, significant other, friend or even child suffer, and with that, it’s common for people to not know the right way to connect with their loved one. No matter how old your loved one is; whether he or she is a child, an adult, or a senior utilizing in-home senior care, it’s important you do what you can to brighten his or her day and connect with your loved one. Here are some tips to do just that.
Ask Your Loved One Questions
When people are suffering from an illness, it’s likely that they feel that nobody understands what is happening to them and they often feel very alone; you have the ability to combat these feelings by asking questions. Asking questions will show your loved one that you want to help and that you are there to support him or her. Here are some questions to ask your loved one in order to connect:
- What can I do to help you and make your life easier?
- What is the best way to help?
- How are you feeling today?
- When is your next doctor’s appointment? Would you like me to come with you?
Questions will help your loved one get talking about their illness which will be beneficial for their mental health as well as helping you both connect. Be sure to only ask questions that will improve their mood; avoid making generalizations such as “it could be worse” or “I understand.”
Do Research on the Illness
It’s best to get and stay informed when it comes to chronic illness. In order to best help your loved one and to connect with him or her, make it a point to do research on the illness, and anything else having to do with the chronic illness. Some things that may be helpful to look up include:
- Your loved one’s doctors / any potential doctors
- At-home remedies you can do to help your loved one
- Questions to ask about this specific illness
- Any medication that he or she is taking
Doing research will help you get a better understanding of the illness, while also improving your loved one’s day by showing that you care and are supportive.
Do Your Best to Have an Open Mind
This is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to connect with your loved one and to improve his or her mood. As you talk to or live with your loved one that is dealing with an illness, do your best to be positive and constructive. Your loved one likely needs support and sometimes may either need to vent to a person that will listen. Try your best to have an open mind and be there for your loved one.
Having an open mind will allow you to connect with your loved one when it comes to the illness that is impacting his or her life. Likewise, an open mind will show that you aren’t giving up on him or her which will improve their own outlook.
Be the Support System Your Loved One Needs
Overall, do the best you can to constantly show love and support to your loved one during trying times. Your loved one needs and deserves support, so it’s important that you do all that you can to provide that for him or her.
*Note: This article is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.
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