There is a high prevalence of congestive heart failure within the South East Indian population, which has many contributing factors, such as biology, food/ alcohol intake, and exercise (Nag & Ghosh, 2013). Given genetic factors cannot be changed, it becomes important to know that many times mental health factors can be altered to change one’s health. This can help to change an individual’s attitude for the better, ultimately contributing to a better physical health (Mills, 2015).
Learning to take control of one’s life, after a life-changing diagnosis has been made can be stressful. Managing all of these changes can cause an increase in anxiety, putting a strain on one’s mental well-being. Using a treatment plan which can be implemented by a team of health professionals (including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, kinesiologists, and mental health therapists) can help with this change. Learning to manage one’s own life can be both empowering and can help to build the confidence required to make positive changes in your life.
Learning new coping strategies can be very useful in helping to ease one’s stress. Examples of these can include spending time with family or friends, games nights, or going to the movies with others, as a way to enjoy your time. Another proven technique is called a gratitude journal, where thankfulness and reflections are practiced (Mills, 2015). Positive reflection for things we are thankful for can help decrease depressive and anxious symptoms one may be experiencing (Mills, 2015).
Mindfulness is another excellent way to help ease stressors. This coping strategy can be practised at anytime, and at your own pace! Here is an example of how to use one type of Mindfulness:
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