My self-help strategy

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When diagnosed with Crohn’s disease you want to go through the day – as much as possible – without stress and anxiety. To achieve this, you also need courage and a plan of how to overcome the disease.

 

We all strive towards having a complaint-free daily life. Also, when diagnosed with Crohn’s disease you want to go through the day – as much as possible – without stress and anxiety. To achieve this, you also need courage and a plan of how to overcome the disease. You need to create this plan yourself, together with your partner, family or friends, a self-help group or with the help of a professional therapist.

Join a local patient organization support group, if you haven’t already.

Every beginning is difficult; after a certain time – usually under expert guidance – people with chronic bowel inflammation develop the necessary strategies to accept their disease and integrate it into their daily routines – they must get rid of their fear. Strive for long-term positive effects and do not be satisfied with short-term success.

To maintain both psychical and mental condition, you can utilize various relaxation techniques and make time for physical activity or join a support group to connect with others who are going through the same thing as you. If you have personal problems, a psychotherapist can help.

 

You may find the following strategies useful:

  • try to accept your condition;
  • identify the sources of your stress, problems and fears;
  • find activities, which will help you reduce stress;
  • find professional help, if necessary;
  • allow yourself to show emotions, but distance yourself from problems
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