Guest Post: by ‘Be Informed’
These ideas have come from what I have seen, and from others around me, to help someone that is trying to recover from an illness, injury, or whatever that has incapacitated them.
The following are suggestions for the people trying to help someone recover from ‘a health scare’ and those themselves that are trying to ‘survive a health scare’, and be well and healthy again.
1. Constantly reassure the person recovering that they can and will get better. Even in cases that it seems hopeless, this seems to help.
2. Avoid any stressful situations that would upset the healing process.
3. Try to remove any negative doubts in own mind and the person trying to heal. Keeping doubts slows healing.
4. Even in comatose patients, talking and even singing, whatever the person enjoys try to do.
5. Human touch is very important, the simple act of holding someone’s hand can be extremely comforting, the healing power of touch.
6. Try talking about “the when” the person trying to get back to being healthy is going to be healthy again. You may not believe it, but the subconscious hears this and can help program the inner mind to heal.
7. Tell the person recovering over and over again how much you need them. Many sick people just give up because there is no point of continuing. Knowing that someone truly wants and needs them can inspire someone to get better.
8. Personally forget all the negative feelings about a the ill person, think only good thoughts. It is not proven, but many feel that negative thoughts directly at a person can harm them.
9. Try to not allow people to visit the person that feel it is an obiligation to be there that don’t want to be there. You don’t want someone trying to heal to perceive that there are people around them that find it a burden to be around them.
10. Try to surround the recovering person with favorite familar things that the person enjoys, especially if the person is not at home.
11. Still include the person in your daily life, this will make someone feel not so separated.
12. Be fully supportive of the person trying to heal.
13. Emphasize to the person ANY improvements that you see.
14. There are going to be down days, attempt to focus more on the up days.
15. When someone does lose something like mobility, focus on what they still do have.
16. Even if someone is told there is no chance of recovery, either help the person come to terms with this, or help the person feel that a defeatist attitude like this is not going to help.
17. Sometimes fear will drive a person to constantly asking, “How am I doing?”, or “Am I going to get better?”. This is really when a person needs reassurance, lots of it.
18. Many times fear and frustration will drive a recovering person to become angry and say hurtful things to those trying to help them. Try to be patient and realize muc of what is said is really not meant.
19. Often someone will “clam up” and not talk at all, this doesn’t mean that the person doesn’t want you there, it might be that they just don’t want to talk.
20. The simplest question that many people don’t ask, “What can I do for you to make you feel better?”.
21. Be fully aware that there is an answer for every health problem, you just have to search it out.
22. Modern treatment of illnesses have advanced a lot over the years and recover times much shortened, this is a positive thought to think about.
23. Try thinking about how good you will feel after you or the person ill is well and healthy again. Much recovery has to do with believing you will get well.
24. Positive thinking is very important to clear and not interrupted flow of energy and good circulation of the healing process.
25. Much has been said about the power of laughter, it may be difficult to feel merry when you feel sick, but there are things you can find humorous that will make you feel better.
26. Avoid people that are negative that tell you that you will not get better, your body needs to hear that you ARE healing.
27. If possible find the BEST in their field of medical treatment.
28. Avoid those in the medical profession that will not listen to you and to those concerned about you and won’t take time to answer questions.
29. The old saying get a second opinion is so true, if you are satisified with the recuparation rate, find someone that will help you recover quicker.
30. Do not dismiss without investigation any alternative or conventional means of treatment.
31. Remember, no matter how dire your conditions are, others have been successful treated and fully recovered.
32. Read as much as possible about what has caused to ail you, there may well be something that those treating you have overlooked.
33. Take positive progressivew steps to recovery that focus on each bit of getting better, no matter how small, have patience.
34. Surround the person trying to get better with people that truly mean something to them.
35. See the person and have others see the person as healing as quickly as possible and what it is going to be like to be completely well and healed.
36. Many studies have shown the healing powers of animals, most people have a favorite animal, spending as much time with this animal should help.
37. Part of healing is making your body as purified as possible, try to only put the very healthiest things into your body.
38. Prevention is of course a lot to preventing a condition to begin with, but it also has to do with prevention of having a relapse. Don’t take chances by overdoing anything until you have fully recovered.
39. The human body has remarkable recuperative powers, do whatever is necessary to aid this by putting your healing process as first priority.
40. Whatever has helped you heal before might help you to heal again, your body recognizes this.
41. Have emergency means of continuing to rehabilitate yourself in case society breaks down and you have to treat yourself solely.
42. It may be a bit hypocritical, but try to agree with reasonable things that the person trying to heal might say that you disagree with. Biting your tongue so to speak and a little bit of compromise will do wonders.
43. Try to surround the healing person with healthy people. Being around sick and sicker people that are obviously going to be complaining are going to hinder the getting well process.
44. Make the place(s) that the person is recovering as friendly as possible, and avoid darkness other than at night. The body likes sunlight and light. Avoid S.A.D. seasonal acute depression that occurs when the days grow shorter and there is less light.
45. See the person as healthy as you seen them years ago. People usually looked better when they were younger, this strengthens the image of the person being healthy and well again.
46. Try to get the person back into activities, not of course endangering the healing process, especially that the person was use to and enjoyed.
47. If bad habits led to the sickness, then try to help the ailing person to break the bad habits so it does not happen again.
48. Try to look at the rough times as over with and long behind you, sort of like leaving a place that you did not like and driving away from it.
49. If you can afford it bring little ‘presents’ and encourage others to give little ‘gifts’ to the person on occasion. People like to get things, it shows people do care. This can also be mailed to them.
50. Make any transitions to spending less time with the healing person as gradual as possible as to not shock the person that needs you. The one thing you don’t want is that the person trying to get well to think that you were only there for them because they were sick.