Chronic stress can do a lot of damage to your health. It can cause pain, increase blood pressure, and even do its part in worsening your looks. Chronic stress also takes its toll on your mental health, meaning that unless you learn how to better cope with your stress, you will continue on a path that may lead you down into the depth of depression.

Of course, dealing with the stress from work is one thing. Dealing with the stress that comes with a close family member being terminally or seriously ill is another. Managing your time won’t help you, and everything can feel completely out of your control. Use these tips, however, and you can take back some of that control and better cope with your loved ones’ illness.

Take Care of Them

As an adult, you actually have more power to help your aging parent, sibling, aunt, or uncle than you might think. If you live nearby and they require at-home care, then they might be eligible to apply for CDPAP. This program enables patients to make more choices about who takes care of them, meaning anyone, from a previous personal aide to a loved one, can be trained and certified to become a personal aide. You can learn more about this program by reading through the comprehensive guide by FreedomCare, and start working on providing better healthcare to your loved one in no time.

Join a Support Group

When it comes to loving someone who is either terminally ill or who is going through a very frustrating transition phase, things can get tough. Just because you are not the one that is going through the illness doesn’t mean that you don’t need support yourself. Instead, join a support group. Make friends and find comfort in those who are going through the same thing as you are. You might even learn a few tricks to help you cope and to help your loved one cope with the new reality.

Be Communicative

When a family member is diagnosed with a disease that changes their lives, it can be hard to cope with. This, in turn, leads to frustration, anger, and pain. Dealing with this pain as an outside party can be difficult, because you don’t understand what is going on or what they are feeling. You only have your own fear and your own pain to deal with. That is why it is so important to go in and communicate honestly with each other. Try to understand from the other side, so that you can learn first-hand what the best steps to take are. If all you can do is hang out with your sister and watch comedies, then so be it. Listen to her and work out what you can do by what she says, not what you think is best for her.

Coping with terminal illness is a long process, but by doing your part to help, you can better cope with your situation at hand. Aim to communicate and listen as much as you can, both with your family and with a support group, because communication and listening to your loved ones’ wishes is key to helping them out the best that you can.

By tbb