The Stress of Endometriosis: 12 Ways of Coping With the Disease by Samantha Bowick
Endometriosis is a disease that affects at least 176 million women worldwide. It is characterized as having tissue similar to the endometrium – the tissue that lines the uterus – in other places, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels and pelvic wall, among others. This tissue should normally be expelled by the body, but with endometriosis, it is unable to exit, causing severe pain and other symptoms.
Endometriosis can be extremely stressful, difficult to cope with and overwhelming among other things. Coping mechanisms that I have found to be helpful while battling endometriosis include:
- Taking time for myself when I feel run down.
- Yoga, meditation and exercising (when able to).
- Eating healthier (when able to).
- Writing in a gratitude journal every day.
- Going to counseling.
- Trying not to isolate myself from others when in pain.
- Talking to others who have endometriosis.
- Asking for help when I need it.
- Reading, writing, coloring, arts and crafts, sewing.
- Praying and reading the Bible.
- Taking baths to relax.
- Connecting with people who have always been there for me.
It is important to find coping skills that work for you to help you deal with this disease.
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