Dealing with a terminal medical condition can be devastating. As a New Year commences, there are many questions about tomorrow. There’s the need for assurance for one more day with the friends and family members you love so dearly.
Sadly, no one is promised tomorrow. Regardless of age, people face insurmountable odds, and there are tragedies that rob individuals of another sunrise. However, it would help if you learned to take things one day at a time.
Not Getting Overwhelmed by the Big Picture
It’s easy to look at the big picture and be overwhelmed. Whether you’re confronting cancer or some other condition, you feel tired and hopeless. Facing death is terrifying to some, yet it’s a journey that all must experience.
Your situation is larger than what you can handle alone, but even with support, you must process things in small bits. Try not to keep focusing on the tomorrows, but you must learn to be present in the moment. Don’t bring undue stress on yourself. If you’re having a good day, then don’t ruin it with worry about the bad ones that you might encounter.
One Day at a Time
Keep your mind busy with positive things, as the negativity will wear you down. Did you know that bereavement staff is there to counsel and assist through each stage of the end-of-life process? They support both the person and their family through these challenging times.
It’s normal to be fearful, and it’s okay to be scared. Hospice was founded on the principles that every person has the right to pass with dignity and respect, and they should never be alone. Here are some things to keep in mind for the New Year:
- I will not place limits on my grief or healing time.
- I will remain flexible.
- I don’t have to apologize for my tears or my fears.
- I will talk to those who are willing to listen.
- I will accept support and comfort care.
- I will reinvest in life, even if it’s only in the short term.
- I will move toward hope.
- I will embrace my memories.
New Year with Renewed Hope
As this new season of your life unfolds, remember there are miracles around you every day. However, the greatest gift you can give yourself is to be mindful of your circumstances, but you must be present in the moment. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with your situation, try meditation and putting yourself in a more positive mindset.