A psychologist discusses ways to cope with chronic illness

What helps some people diagnosed with cancer, heart disease or diabetes stay relatively happy and healthy, while others are devastated? In this Q and A, psychologist Vicki Helgeson explains the traits and mindsets that can make the difference.

Changes: I'm more centered in all the self-care aspects. Being more gentle to myself. Got a fit bit and am moving more. Meditating more. Continuing to chose love.
“I have changed aspects of diet, stress, exercise and toxin exposure, too numerous to mention here.  I am now more open to and actively pursuing change in support of my hoped-for, improved health outcomes and in allowing my body's natural defenses to function well.”
“Two years after finishing the ACLP—I continue to do yoga, meditation, Reiki, Tai Chi, walking. Will not allow negative people near me. No longer watch any so-called "news". Read every label on every single thing I buy. When not in use, I unplug my TV, Internet router, and cell phone. I say 'thank you for my life' every day.”
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