- Feelings of sadness or emptiness
- Loss of interest in most activities
- Appetite or weight changes
- Feelings of mental/physical slowness or agitation
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, or guilt
- Feeling tired and/or difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disturbances (sleeping less or more than usual)
- Thoughts of death or suicide (For information about suicide prevention call 911 or 1-800-784-2433--the National Suicide Prevention Line)
- Foster friendships and a social support network. Positive friends and family members can be a source of joy and support in anyone’s life but especially if you are struggling with self-doubt.
- Join a self-help group. In person or online, groups such as these where people are facing similar problems can provide a safe place for sharing.
- Exercise regularly. Aerobic exercise like walking or biking is particularly helpful for improving mood. Yoga and tai chi can help reduce stress.
- Reactivate your life. What enjoyable activity have you dropped because you didn’t feel up to it? Don’t wait. Pick it up again now.
- Write it down. Some people find that writing in a journal is a good outlet for negative emotions .like anger, fear, and frustration.
Julie Beyer, MA, RDN
Author, Speaker, Patient Advocate
For step by step guidance for creating your own personal interstitial cystitis meal plan, see: Confident Choices®: Customizing the Interstitial Cystitis Diet.
For some basic, family-style, IC bladder-friendly recipes, see: Confident Choices®: A Cookbook for Interstitial Cystitis and Overactive BladderFor health care workers: Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition Educators
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