Coping Strategies – Some Helpful Hints

Chronic illness can force many potentially stressful lifestyle changes, such as giving up cherished activities, adapting to new physical limitations and special needs, and paying for what can be expensive medications and treatment services.

Coping with the mental and emotional challenges of a chronic illness requires an approach that is realistic, but also positive. Adapting to your condition or feeling good about the future may seem impossible at first, but it can be done.

See the following publication: 5 Tough Choices You Face When Chronically Ill or in Pain.

Also, the CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self Help Website based in the US has a page devoted to Coping with the Impacts of CFS and FM. It includes the following topics:

  • Managing Symptoms
  • Activity Limits & Pacing
  • Adjusting Family Roles, including:
    • Reassigning – meaning finding someone else to do part or all of a task that you used to do.
    • Simplifying – meaning continuing to do something, but in a less elaborate or complete way.
  • Financial Pressures
  • Poor Sleep
  • Cognitive Problems
  • Unpredictability
  • Intense Emotions
  • Stress
  • Weather and Sense Overload
  • Additional Medical Problems

See also Pacing and Symptom Management.