Do you know someone who has chronic health issues?
Chronic health issues may be issues with physical health, emotional health, mental health, and/or spiritual health.
Here are some ways you can support someone with chronic health issues ~
~ Meet them where they are. Do not expect them to be any certain way, and honor their process, even if they are currently stuck.
~ Resist the urge to give advice. Respect their journey and acknowledge all that they have done and are currently doing to help themselves heal.
~ Do not judge them. Resist the urge to share your opinions, because even if you think you know what they should and shouldn’t do, you may not understand all of the aspects involved in the battles they fight each day.
~ Practice active compassionate listening. Ask them questions, listen carefully to their answers, and then say something that lets the person know that you heard what they said. Even if you do not understand their experience, you can say something like, “That sounds really hard” or “That must be so challenging.” Simple phrases like that can be very soothing to the person.
~ Ask if there is anything you can do. Even if they say no, you can offer to pray for them, or send them healing energies, or send them things such as bright cheerful greeting cards (by email or snail mail), money (if they need it), or gift certificates for healing services like massage.
~ Encourage their efforts. Giving a well-timed and genuine compliment can really help to brighten the person’s whole day.
I hope these suggestions are helpful to you or to someone you love. If you are supporting someone with chronic health issues and you have further ideas, please share them in the comments below.
May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!
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