April 13th, 2012 10:24 EST
Managing Your Fears And Anxieties When Facing A Major Illness
Some people who have a major illness may have to deal with some fear and anxiety. Not knowing what may or may not happen can be very stressful. The good news is that there are ways to deal with your fears and anxieties.
The first step is to remind yourself that there are many people who have had major illnesses and still live a productive life. There are many medicines, nowadays, that can treat a variety of illnesses. In addition, there are also new treatments constantly being discovered that can improve your chances of survival.
Learn to communicate with your doctor and loved ones. You do not have to be alone in dealing with your illness and fears. Talking with others can give you additional insights and options to your current problems.
Take advantage of any assistance that may be around you. There are many self help groups available that a person can use that will help them to cope with their circumstances. These groups are also a great place to learn the skills of managing your fears and worries.
Do not try to do everything at the same time. Some people try to handle all of their anxieties at the same time. When trying to do everything all at once, it becomes harder to find the answers to your problems. Go at your pace in managing your stresses.
Remember that there is always hope that things will get better. Nobody can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Remain positive and upbeat and do not focus on your fearful and exaggerated thoughts. In addition, prayer is a great way to manage your fears. Do not underestimate the power of prayer.
If you still have trouble then seek the services of a counselor or clergyman who can lead you in the right direction. The key is not to lose hope.
Stan Popovich is the author of A Layman`s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods " " an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/