Managing a chronic health condition like diabetes, Crohn’s disease, or rheumatoid arthritis isn’t just about taking your medications or avoiding triggers that cause flares. It’s also about keeping your stress levels in check. While it may seem insignificant, constant worrying can actually mess with your immune system, digestion, and sleep, leaving you feeling even worse, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Keeping your cool won’t always be easy to do, though—and we get that. For many, living with a chronic condition means worrying about uncomfortable symptoms or squeezing in doctors appointments in the middle of the workweek. That’s where these eight coping mechanisms come in. They’ll make living with a chronic condition a bit easier, and may just improve your physical health outcomes, too. 1. Find a doctor you love. Managing a chronic condition often means working closely with your healthcare provider, so it’s important to […]