Lessons Learned Struggling with a Chronic Condition
By: Amy Yonda, PHEc Get Better Together Provincial Coordinator
As someone who struggles with a chronic condition I know how hard it can be to manage change, never mind the added stress we feel this right now with the ongoing risk of COVID-19 and continuing need for social distancing. Being separated from our loved ones, having to connect with our healthcare team over the phone, and having to alter our day-to-day routine is challenging and brings to the forefront the importance of self-management and learning different ways to manage our chronic conditions.
Get Better Together is a free workshop offered once a week for six weeks either in person, following public health guidelines, or virtually on a secure digital platform. The program is taught by peer leaders who either have a chronic condition or support someone who does. It is this peer support and understanding that makes the experience unique and encouraging.
In just six weeks, you can build your confidence to manage better through group discussion on topics such as: using your mind, managing pain and fatigue, health eating, depression management and positive thinking, communication and problem solving.
Though I have been a peer leader of Get Better Together for years, I gain new skills each and every time I lead a workshop. The group brings new perspectives, tips and self-management tools to each discussion.
Some of the tools that I have found particularly helpful lately have been:
- Keeping a gratitude journal and inspirational quotes on a Pinterest board
- Keeping track of what I have done (as opposed to what I haven’t) and giving myself a reward
- Trying something new like a puzzle, craft, new food dish, different genre of book, etc.
Join a Get Better Together class today and add some new tools to your life!