Caring for yourself is an important part of managing a chronic illness.
The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends:
- Honestly evaluate unhealthy habits, and choose those that you would like to change.
- Create specific goals to help you change a bad habit. For example, instead of just pledging to exercise more, choose a precise exercise type, day and time.
- Make sure your goals are realistic, and that you feel confident you can reach them.
- Meet regularly with your doctor to follow your progress and discuss any challenges.