By: Christine Shusted
While it is natural to feel stressed from this change, the increase in stress can have a wear and tear on the body, especially for students who have a chronic disease. Often times stress can cause flare ups of chronic diseases which can, in turn, cause more stress! It’s an endless cycle. Here are five tips that make living with a chronic disease in college easier:
- Make an appointment with the Office of Accessibility Services - they can help you get accommodations for classes that make balancing schoolwork and a disease easier.
- Join an organization on campus! There often times are support groups for many chronic diseases on college campuses and being able to talk things out with people who understand really helps.
- Find a doctor you feel comfortable with at Student Health Services. Having a doctor nearby you trust is a huge help, that way if you need something there is no stress of trying to get back home to see your primary physician.
- Manage your stress! Find something that helps you unwind; exercising, cooking, a TV break, going on a walk. Anything that can give you a mental break will help keep your disease in check.
- Do not get down on yourself. This is key, although having a chronic disease can be extremely challenging do not blame yourself for any flare-ups you may experience. Being accepting of yourself, being proactive, and facing challenges head on goes a long way!