20th March 2019
A serious illness to a loved one can prove to be a testing time for the entire family. When in the lowest state of health, doubt emerges. Here 5 tips to manage family illnesses…
It can be demoralizing to see your loved one in a state of pain or discomfort, which often leads to you wanting to find a quick fix. This is not always possible and by being patient and adopting the “slow and steady wins the race” mindset can often prove to be the most effective. However, being patient is often easier said than done which relates back to being positive. Being positive and thinking about the best-case scenario or what is best moving forward will prove its weight in gold.
Providing age-appropriate explanations
When giving any information to your little one about an illness in the family, it is important you are honest. However, you may need to explain the situation in a way that it is completely understood. Come down to the child’s level, or lift them up to yours, look them in the eye and explain in simple terms what is going on. It is important to reassure the child that you are doing everything within your power to help the situation.
Maintain your own health
Do not be afraid to ask for help! In a time where you might be feeling any physical, mental or financial constraints, it is important that you ask for help. Remember, you shouldn’t feel any shame by being emotional or admitting you are tired or mentally struggling. We encourage you to express your emotion, as whatever is bottled up will undoubtedly explode. Physical, as well as mental wellbeing in the toughest times, are just as important as each other. With such a hectic schedule, going from place to place and looking after everyone else don’t forget your day-to-day rituals. Eat accordingly and hydrate yourself. Fuel your manpower!
Education is key! Accurate knowledge on the condition will be beneficial to everyone involved for so many reasons. Firstly, it is important to be aware of all the potential symptoms related to a particular condition so you can notice if there are any changes that could be harmful. Secondly, it is also important to be well informed if your child asks you any questions. You do not want to provide them with false information that could upset, scare, or even provide false hope.
Providing a calm and relaxed environment may be difficult in these situations. Children are often very sensitive to changes in the environment. You don’t want your child to take on the stresses you are feeling, so it is key to remain calm. Furthermore, maintaining a calm inner self will be essential in helping to deal with this unfortunate situation in a rational way. Calming techniques may include meditation, soothing music, a release of frustration in a productive manner (exercise).
We created Dadapp for times like these, use the tools available to you.