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How to Stay Motivated With Endometriosis

by drseckin.com | Posted on April 15, 2021

How to Stay Motivated With Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a debilitating disease that can have an adverse impact on almost all aspects of life including career, relationships, and overall quality of life [1]. If you are affected by the disease, you may struggle to keep yourself motivated and go about your daily activities. Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated and cultivate a positive frame of mind.

Take care of your mental health

Endometriosis can have a serious impact on your mental health as it does on your physical well-being [2]. Chronic pelvic pain caused by the disease can lead to anxiety and depression [3].

Acknowledging your pain and practicing self-compassion and self-empathy can help you manage your mental health. Practicing techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, or pursuing a hobby can also relieve endometriosis-associated pain and may help you relax and relieve your mind [4].

Establish a daily routine

Devising a daily routine and adhering to it as much as possible can help you manage your pain [5]. See if you can include time for activities such as exercise, socializing with family and friends, relaxation, and hobbies. Engage in activities that you really find stimulating and enjoy doing.

Go slow and pace yourself

Take things one step at a time and try not to get overwhelmed. Wherever possible, break the task up into smaller ones with ample periods of rest in between. Gradually achieving small goals will keep you motivated and inspire much-needed confidence.

If you are a working professional, you might want to consider discussing your condition with your employer so you can work out a mutually convenient work schedule [6].

Ensure adequate rest

Endometriosis can cause chronic fatigue [7]. No matter the task at hand, make sure to get adequate rest. Don’t shy away from asking for help from family or friends whenever you need to [8].

Eat a healthy diet and stay well-hydrated

Diet plays an important role in improving the symptoms of endometriosis. Consult a qualified nutritionist and consider switching to an anti-inflammatory diet [8]. Avoid processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, and soya products. Also, ensure you are well hydrated.

Socialize with friends and family

Family and friends form a great support system [9]. Talk to them often and convey how you feel. Engage in healthy conversations and don’t hesitate to seek support from them when needed.

At times, you may not be able to honor all your commitments, but that’s perfectly normal. Socializing with family and friends can create a sense of empathy and also help them better understand your condition.

Consider joining support groups

Endometriosis support groups are a great way to network with other patients, clinicians, researchers, and caregivers. Consider joining a local support group in your area or participating in online meetings [10]. Learning from others’ experiences and how they cope with the disease can broaden your understanding and keep you motivated.

References

  1. What Is Endometriosis?, Endofound.org
  2. Impact of endometriosis on quality of life and mental health: pelvic pain makes the difference, Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology
  3. Anxiety and depression in patients with endometriosis: impact and management challenges, International Journal of Women's Health
  4. The Practice of Hatha Yoga for the Treatment of Pain Associated with Endometriosis, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
  5. Alternative ways of managing your pain, The University of Edinburgh
  6. I Have Endometriosis, How Can I Talk to My Boss?, SECKIN MD
  7. Endometriosis Symptoms: Fatigue & Personality Changes, Endofound.org
  8. Is there a universal diet for Endometriosis?, Endometriosis Australia
  9. Family Support for Women With Endometriosis, SECKIN MD
  10. A Virtual Support Group for Endometriosis? There's an App For That!, Endofound.org

 

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