Dealing with Stress as a Patient with PF: A Collective Response.
One of the most meaningful pieces of feedback I receive as a columnist with Pulmonary Fibrosis News is when people tell me they can relate to a topic I’ve written about. Not only does it feel good for me to hear this, but it also brings me great comfort (and I hope for the readers of my column as well) to know that we’re not alone in dealing with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
When I read content from others, I always appreciate articles, columns or posts that come from the perspective of: from the PF patient, for the PF patient. This is because I know I’ll be able to relate to the content, since it is written from a patient living with the same disease as I have. I also appreciate this approach when it comes to sharing tips about coping with something PF-related. A question I often ask others in my columns is: how do you cope with X (insert topic of choice) since your IPF/PF diagnosis?
I had a really tough day on Monday. Sadly, I worked myself up so much emotionally that I threw up and couldn’t sleep that night. In hindsight, it probably didn’t need to be that bad but things always seem worse in the moment. I tried all my typical stress-relief efforts and none of them seemed to work for me; the issue just felt all-consuming and nothing seemed to get better. After exhausting my typical stress relief options, I thought to myself: I wonder what other patients do for effective stress relief?
I plan to write a future column about this from the perspective of: from the PF patient, for the PF patient since I usually find this most helpful. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a collective document of various ways we all relieve stress for patients who need it in future?
As a result, I’d like to ask you all: how do you effectively cope with stress since your IPF/PF diagnosis?
What has been most helpful for you when it comes to getting through really difficult days with your disease?
I’d love to hear from you!
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