Dealing with emotions

Living with any chronic disease such as CKD can be physically and emotionally challenging. It is very common to feel sad, scared, frustrated or angry about a chronic illness. Your emotions and feelings can also change throughout the course of your disease. It is important to realize that a chronic illness can affect your mental health. When you have a chronic illness like kidney disease, you have a lot more to think about, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, worry, and stress. Living with the seriousness of kidney disease, day in and day out, can lead to a more negative view of life. It can make you feel confused and leave you feeling down.
There are a few general things you can do to help deal with emotions. Do not be afraid to tell others what you are feeling and to ask for help and support when needed. Sometimes bad days or bad things happen, so you should not be so hard on yourself. A chronic illness can create stress. Be prepared to handle stress by finding ways to relax. Maybe call a friend up, exercise, read, or listen to music.
It is important to remember that your emotions and physical health are connected. A healthy emotional life will help you to live longer and feel better. Set reasonable goals for yourself. Be flexible. Allow for mistakes. Try to keep a positive attitude. Spend time with people who make you laugh. All these things can help you stay healthy.