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Coping with a Diagnosis of Chronic Illness

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis can come as a blow. It ‘s normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis. However, you can learn to manage these feelings to live a fulfilling life.

Emotional roller coaster

Distress is common following a chronic disease diagnosis. Research indicates that people who are experiencing a number of stressful life events before diagnosis, and those with a history of depression, may be at particular risk of psychological distress when they learn they have a chronic illness.1 However, even people with relatively few stresses in life can be shaken by a chronic-disease diagnosis.

Digesting news of your disease can bring a flood of emotions. A diagnosis of diabetes, for example, is often associated with feelings of guilt and shame.2 Grief is another common reaction to chronic illness. You may experience various stages of grief including denial, bargaining, anger and sadness.

You may feel you’ re on a roller coaster of emotion — accepting one day, and angry the next. It may help to remind yourself that these feelings are normal, and will likely ease with time.

Coping strategies

Some days you may be tempted to pretend you never received your diagnosis. However, facing your diagnosis head on is the best way to cope.

This was evident in a study of women with breast cancer, which found women who felt resigned to their fate were psychologically

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep: Strategies for Success

How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? We all crave sleep, but too many nights we fall short of the seven or eight hours we need to thrive. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, according to the Institute of Medicine.

In today ‘s overscheduled society, sleep may feel like a luxury when, in fact it’ s a necessity. Sleep is vital to our health, safety and overall well-being. Sleep recharges the brain, allowing it to learn and make memories. Insufficient sleep has been linked to car crashes, poor work performance and problems with mood and relationships. Sleep deprivation also raises the

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Can’t Sleep? Strategies for a More Restful Slumber

ACTIONS TO TAKE TO GET QUALITY NIGHTTIME SLEEP 

Maintain a regular sleep and wake time 7 days a week.
Turn your bedroom into a sleep-inducing environment. 
Establish a soothing pre-sleep routine.
Use your bedroom for sleep. Do not text, tweet, email, watch TV or eat in bed.
Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bedtime.
If possible, don’t nap during the day or evening. If you have to nap, take it early and nap for an hour or less.
Exercise regularly, but not right before bed.
Lighten up on evening meals.
If you can’t fall

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