Coping with Serious Illness


Stress coping techniques using NLP

It is vitally important to treat the mind as well as the body during a serious illness. We don’t yet know how the mind/body connection works but we do have biochemical evidence there’s a connection. NLP works on the principle that mind and body are an open loop system continually in communication.

It has been shown that psychological interventions can help before and after heart attacks. Brief psychological counselling before medical procedures produces shorter stays in the critical care unit, less emotional distress and shorter hospital stays. Recovering post operation is helped by emotional therapy with a corresponding reduction in readmission rates.

A range of psychological treatments are used to improve the quality of health of cancer patients. Targeted therapy has been shown to improve patients moods, lower their emotional distress and improve coping with treatment.

Being upset about having a serious illness is a normal and reasonable reaction. People then need to move beyond those feelings to be able to accept the healing process. This helps a person to feel stronger emotionally and more in charge of the situation. So discussing treatment and care options becomes easier to cope with. Treatment options can sometimes involve pain or side effects. NLP trance work provides an effective means of coping better.

NLP also helps once the illness is gone. In protracted illness there amy have been many life changing events associated with it for example retiring from work, or a degree of disability. The rest of the family may want you to be back to normal but you will never be the person you were. You may want help to discover who you are and how you reintegrate into the world. There can be positive outcomes, people report that in the aftermath of a serious illness they evaluate their priorities and get a better sense of what they want from life. NLP can help this process.


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