Three Ways to Develop Resilience to Chronic Illness Stressors

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Find greater happiness despite the challenges of living with a chronic health condition.

Three Ways to Develop Resilience to Chronic Illness Stressors

People who live with chronic illness deal with a number of stressors. Illnesses such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus, among others, require physical changes, lifestyle modifications, and new treatments. Emotional pain, sadness, anger and fear are common in people who live with chronic illness. Further, one of the most common responses to being diagnosed is the desire to return to a time when your body was healthy. Since there are no cures for most chronic illnesses, returning back to “normal” is unrealistic. However, developing resilience can make living with chronic illness easier.

Research has found that the stress associated with chronic illness has an effect on your immune system and can be detrimental to your overall health. The best way to manage chronic illness stress is to make choices that can help to improve your mood and overall health through resilience. You can and will bounce back by adjusting to your new situation and learning to grow despite setbacks.

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