By Will Dursens
COPING SKILLS, # 1
Part of anyone’s survival when dealing with a long-term disease should be to continually read and learn as much as they can about the illness or illnesses that hold their attention.
In my own walk with late stage III COPD and heart issues, I have tried my best to keep reading, keep listening and keep learning so that I can make the best of a not so fun at times situation.
Here in today’s posting of ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ we begin a short series that discuss ‘COPING SKILLS’ that may or may not work as an individual takes their own walk with their own disability, illness or illnesses.
For some, this may seem like old news or information.
But I guarantee that some of what I will share in this series, like anything I may share, will be things or information that we should never get tired of seeing and remembering so that we can find their use in our battles – which in turn will make our life last longer than maybe it should.
Here is ‘COPING SKILLS #1’.
Coping skills are extremely important for survival of those times of shortness of breath or even just the frustrations we find with any disability or illness we battle.
Whether we realize it or not, we all already having coping skills within ourselves for which we have already used. The coping strategy you choose depends on what has or may have worked for you in the past.
While no coping skill is necessarily better than another, we just become better equipped to cope by just knowing different coping skills than just the one that we may have found to have worked previously.
COPING SKILL #1 – – CONFRONTIVE COPING is where a person would involve an aggressive effort to change a situation.
This type of coping does suggest some higher degree of risk-taking as anytime you get aggressive, not only could the response be poor, but in some cases the results may make the situation worse.
The important note here is to make yourself able to know the situation well enough to know when and when not to be more confrontive or aggressive toward your own battle with a disability or illness.
Over the next few postings ‘Reflections of COPD/Asthma’ will cover seven more coping skills or styles that we could or maybe should be using, depending on our own situation of life and survival.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing. Will Dursens.
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NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.