When you are going through significant health problems, it is easy to feel alone and isolated. You may feel like an outsider around your friends and family, you are unable to participate in certain activities or eat the same food, and you may feel easily tired. You need a support system that includes people who are also going through the same challenges. Joining a support group for your heart condition can be extremely beneficial. Brookhaven Heart is happy to share with you the benefits of participating in a heart health support group in your area.
People You Can Relate To
When you are going through a difficult time, one of the most common things patients report is that they have trouble relating to others. You may feel upset of frustrated when people complain about little day-to-day annoyances. You may feel as though they take their health for granted. A support group full of other people who are going through a similar situation is a fantastic opportunity to connect with people you can relate with. You can each talk about your struggles and achievements, and heal together.
Positive & Healthy Relationships
Many heart conditions can be improved with the right diet and exercise regime. People are more likely to stick with lifestyle changes if they have a partner or friend who is joining them in health activities. A support group is a great place to meet people and plan activities that support your health. Schedule a healthy potluck dinner, invite a friend for a walk, or attend a yoga class together. If you have questions about what types of activity are safe for you to participate in, talk to your heart specialist.
If you have questions about support groups in your area, contact Brookhaven Heart. Call 631.654.3278 today to schedule your appointment with our heart specialists.