You may find your personal beliefs to be of great comfort and strength at this time.
You may find special meaning in your current beliefs, or feel the time is right for you to search for meaning in new beliefs.
If you are in the hospital, consider asking for a visit from the hospital chaplain. Chaplains are trained to help you reflect on issues of illness, healing and faith.
They help you focus on your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. They can also help you make connections with your own church, temple or religious organization if you have one.
Try to identify the things in life that cause you stress, and see if you can invent ways to manage those situations.
If you must drive in rush hour traffic, can you listen to a relaxation tape? Keep the people around you that provide encouragement and support.
If managing all your new health concerns feels overwhelming, can you make a list of essentials and tape it to the refrigerator?
Some ways to cope with stress:
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