By ACCORDANT HEALTH SERVICES
Human beings experience stress as a response to change. While everyone has stress, individuals and families dealing with hemophilia often have more stress than other people do. Chronic illnesses like hemophilia may require people to make changes in many areas of their lives.
Hemophilia has the potential to create stress in some or all of these ways:
Coping with Stress
It is very important for hemophilia patients and parents to learn how to cope with stress. Young patients must understand the importance of taking good care of themselves. Parents can learn ways to reduce family stress and teach these methods to their children. Good nutrition, sufficient sleep and regular exercise all help buffer hemophilia patients and parents against stress.
Experts say that the key to managing stress is how we think about the things that cause us stress. Patients and parents are encouraged to distinguish between things that can and cannot be changed. When things can't be changed, thinking must change. Many people have learned to combat stress by mastering relaxation methods. Books and tapes, support groups, counseling, exercise, humor, breathing techniques and sometimes medication can help. In addition, families can make choices that help reduce some of life's routine stresses. This starts by identifying stressors and then taking steps to reduce as much stress as possible.
Last Modified Date: July 31, 2009 © Accordant, A CVS Caremark Company. All rights reserved.
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