How to Optimize Your Health When You Have a Chronic Illness

Staying healthy when you have a chronic illness can be a real challenge. We know how easy it is to become discouraged, but this mindset can become damaging if you don’t do everything you can to live a healthy lifestyle. 

You’re far from the only person living with chronic illness. About 40% of Americans live with a chronic illness.

You actually have a lot of power to take control of your health with chronic disease management strategies. Our providers at Family Health Center of Bastrop can show you how. Here, we explain more about what you can do to optimize your health.

Keep moving 

You may not have the health to do all the types of activities that you might like or that you used to be able to do. But you still need to keep moving and get some type of regular exercise. Movement is like medicine in terms of the benefits it can offer your body. 

You don’t have to do intense workouts to benefit from exercise. Just find some type of activity that you’ll want to do on a regular basis. Anything works, from walking to yoga. If you’re not sure what kinds of exercise are safe for you, we’re happy to provide suggestions and guidance.

Eat a balanced diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is good for everyone, but it’s especially crucial if you have a chronic illness. 

Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and low-fat dairy in your diet. Minimize sugar and fried foods as much as possible. Drink plenty of water because dehydration makes many health conditions worse.

Quit smoking

If you smoke, it’s especially important that you quit. Smoking and using other forms of tobacco can make your chronic illness worse. If you’re having trouble trying to quit, schedule an appointment to talk to one of our providers. We can help. 

Enlist family support

Family support is invaluable if you have it. Enlist your family to join you in adopting healthier habits. Eating a healthier diet and getting some regular exercise benefit even the healthiest members of your family. And you’ll find it easier to stick to these good habits if you have some company.

Manage your stress

Stress is an inevitable part of modern life. Living with a chronic illness is also stressful. But stress takes a toll on your body.

Manage your stress and to try to keep your stress levels as low as possible. Consider adopting healthy habits like meditating, writing in a journal, or praying. If you have trouble keeping your stress levels low, let us know so we can help you.

Regularly check in with your health care team

When you have a chronic illness, you need to see your doctors on a regular basis. Many chronic illnesses tend to get worse over time, especially if you don’t seek regular care. We’re part of your health care team, and we want to help you stay well by monitoring your condition.

If you have a chronic illness and haven’t seen a doctor recently, now is a good time to come see us. Call one of our Bastrop or Smithville, Texas, locations today or schedule an appointment online.

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