Research shows that stress and negativity can impact a person’s emotional wellbeing and worsen chronic illness. For example, an increase in stress hormones can lead to inflammation in the body, causing symptoms to become more severe. Shifting your attitude and perceptions by focusing on the positive aspects of the day rather than the negative, will help emotionally as well as physiologically.
There are ways to help reduce emotional stress and instability. Initially, it’ important to spend some time processing your emotions and evaluating the feelings brought on by your diagnosis. It is okay to take additional time if needed to fully heal.
Here are some concrete tools to help reduce emotional stress: