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Health Worry: Coping with Anxieties About Our Own Health and the Health of Loved Ones

When a health issue crops up for you or a loved one, it's natural to feel some concern. Whether it's a fear of a medical condition, or worries about the side effects of treatments, health anxiety can be overwhelming. Even though we can't always make the worry go away, we can deal with it in the best manner possible.

First, it's important to educate yourself about your concerns. Read up on your condition or treatment, talk to your doctor, and get a second opinion if necessary. Having a good understanding of the situation will help you feel more in control and less anxious.

Second, focus on the things you can control. For example, if you're worried about a medical condition, you can focus on taking care of your body by eating well, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. Think about what you can do, rather than what you can't. If you're worried about a loved one's health, you can focus on being there for them and supporting them in any way you can.

Third, find ways to manage stress and anxiety. This might include taking deep breaths, meditating, or engaging in a form of exercise or other activity that you enjoy. There are also many online resources available that offer support and guidance for those struggling with health worries.

Finally, reach out to others for support. Talk to friends and family members if appropriate. If you are feeling overwhelmed, a HOLD Listening appointment can help you regain equilibrium and find way to move forward. Remember, you're not alone, and there are many people who care about you and want to help.

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