Long Term Health Conditions

By July 20, 2021 No Comments
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Long Term Health ConditionsHi I’m Lydia and I’m the Primary Care Network Community Link worker for the Beverley area.

We understand that there are many things that can be affect our ability to feel healthy and remain independent. Community Link workers work with individuals to create personalised solutions to social, emotional or practical needs that aim to empower and motivate, leading to improvements in health and wellbeing.

A long-term illness or chronic health condition is any condition lasting six months or longer, such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain or heart disease.

As modern-day treatments mean that people are living longer with diseases that previously caused premature death, it is important people are supported to live well with these conditions.

We recommend:

  • If you have a long-term illness or chronic condition, keep your doctor informed about changes in your health and discuss how often you will need check-ups.
  • Social support can help you maintain your quality of life when you are not well – plan to catch up with friends and family. Support groups and community involvement can help too.
  • If you feel your condition is overwhelming you emotionally, it is important that you speak to a healthcare professional about your feelings.
  • Positive lifestyle factors like a healthy diet, regular exercise and good sleep can help relieve or manage your symptoms.

We understand that worrying or thinking negatively about possible situations regarding your physical health adds to anxiety or stress, affecting your overall health. Ways to reduce worrying include:

  • When you find yourself starting to worry, write down your concerns and, importantly, the possible consequences, even if they are negative.
  • Find information about your prognosis and likely outcomes – you may feel more in control.
  • Talk to a friend, join a support group or seek specialist help through a psychologist or psychiatrist. They can help you realistically assess your worries.
  • Focus on a variety of things each day – give yourself daily tasks and make time to read, walk or watch a movie. Do activities that challenge your mind, such as crosswords or other puzzles

Do you want further help and support to cope and manage a health diagnosis? Our Health trainers, Community Link Workers and Mental Health and Wellbeing Coaches can all help in some way – just call 0800 9177752, text HEALTHY to 60163 or contact us via our website.