The world of chronic illness is something that so many people don't have an understanding of. Coronavirus has thrown the world of chronic illness into the spotlight. People with autoimmune conditions are still having to shield, but chronic illness in the form of a neurological condition is something that doesn't just affect the individual, but everyone around them. A neurological condition is a disorder that can affect the brain and the nerves in the body, resulting in a range of symptoms. So what can people benefit from understanding how to cope with a neurological condition?
For someone coming to terms with being diagnosed can be overwhelming. The fact is that, for many people, it is a condition that comes with a lot of unanswered questions. Organisations like the National Brain Appeal are working hard to pioneer new research to transform millions of people's lives affected by neurological conditions, but it's crucial to ensure that you can find people and support groups that can help you to share experiences and learn a number of coping strategies.
The reality is that it can take time to adjust physically and mentally to some form of diagnosis because it demands a huge change in your life. Some people go through the grieving process where they will experience denial or anger before coming to accept their diagnosis. It is important to remember that it can take time. There's a variety of professional help available. You can speak to your GP and ask for counselling. And there are many support groups that can help you to adjust. Many people feel that they're not able to speak about their condition to others because they don't understand it. Sometimes the very act of getting thoughts out can make a massive difference because we can hear the words and we can slowly start to make sense of how it all sounds within the context of the real world, as opposed to inside our heads.
Neurological conditions are a vast umbrella. People can be affected by dystonia or multiple sclerosis and it's vital to understand that being affected by an illness or injury can be very upsetting because of the fact that you had plans that may be derailed as a result. Motivation is so important during this time. Having smaller goals will give you a sense of purpose and a sense of achievement. We can all feel that we've got bigger things that we need to achieve, but anybody with or without a neurological condition can feel a sense of purpose and achievement through those small victories.
It's vital that you look after your health, as this is not just important for your health, but your mindset. Making sure that you eat right and move is so simple; it can give you that foundation to not just feel better but can reframe your perception of yourself. Being healthy and looking after yourself gives you that simple message that you matter. It's not an easy thing to deal with but we all can benefit from simple tools that go a long way.