Relationships with Pulmonary Hypertension
Although your relationships may change, a diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension (PH) does not mean that your relationships have to end. This e-learning guide holds helpful information on navigating all of your relationships as a PH patient.
While maintaining strong relationships isn’t always easy, it is possible to find ways to ensure you’re receiving the support you need and the love you deserve. Here are a few tips to maintain healthy relationships with your family, friends, partners and yourself:
- Take care of yourself before you turn your attention to others. Get plenty of rest, eat healthy, take your medications and keep a reasonable schedule.
- Be forgiving of yourself. You are adjusting to a new life every day. Cut yourself some slack; you’d likely do so for others. You deserve it too.
- Make time to do things you enjoy with friends and family.
- Practice open and honest communication. Take the time to remember that you value those around you and that being in a relationship means taking time to work things out.
- Reflect on your own feelings and needs so you can better articulate them to loved ones.
- Be prepared for ups and downs. No relationship is perfect.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Therapists can provide help for individuals, couples and families, and may even have groups for people living with chronic illness.
These tips were taken from PHA’s Maintaining Healthy Relationships. Read the entire article for more helpful information.
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