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5 Self-care tips when living with HIV

Taking good care of yourself is very important if you have HIV. You may think that adhering to medication is all it takes but it is only one part of self-care.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care means different things to different people. To some people, sitting in the sun, drinking water, shopping, taking a break from work, and meditating are self-care. What do you consider self-care?

Self-care is any action you engage in to treat yourself properly and look after your emotional, physical, and mental wellbeing. 

Why is self-care important?

  • It enables you to have a positive connection with yourself. You will actually discover more about yourself this way.
  • Self-care is essential for lowering anxiety and stress while also improving your mood.
  • Taking care of yourself also enhances your self-esteem, so you’ll always feel good about yourself.

How can I practice self-care when I am living with HIV?

There is no one approach to practicing self-care; it is about discovering what calms you and helps you feel more at ease with yourself and eventually feel more like yourself.

Here are some self-care ideas for you:

Be positive

HIV is not a death sentence thanks to advancements in the medical field.

Educating yourself about HIV is a big part of your self-care routine. When you study more about HIV, you’ll discover that advances in HIV treatment have given people living with HIV significant health advantages.

Choose to focus on the positive things and believe that you can live a healthy and normal life.

Take charge of your health

Take the initiative and participate in your therapy procedure.

Openly communicate your worries and work together with your healthcare professional.  By doing this, your treatment will suit your needs and you will have all the information you need.

Observe good mental health

Your mental health has a significant influence on your overall wellbeing.

Be in the company of those who see the bright or positive side of things or life.

You can also keep a diary in which you can list the real and good aspects of yourself and life.

If possible join a support group. Support groups are excellent because they provide a safe space where you may openly converse with others who are also living with HIV. By doing this, you can take good care of both your physical and emotional health.

Adapt healthy behaviors

Eating well and being physically active are essential for everyone! Eat a balanced diet and be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, exercise, go on walks, or participate in sports. Your body will thank you for it.

It is also critical to practice safe sex. Use condoms whenever you have sex, and if you’re in a relationship, encourage your partner to discuss safer sex practices.

Maintain contact with your loved ones

Your loved ones are an important aspect of your life. It’s good to share your experiences with family or trusted friends that you rely on for emotional support. Having someone to talk to about your concerns or achievements might help you feel more supported and allow them to better understand you.

Remember that you deserve a long and fulfilling life, so if you feel overwhelmed and exhausted, use these self-care strategies to get back on track.

Bonus point: Making certain lifestyle adjustments after learning you have HIV might be daunting. This does not mean that you should disregard your self-care regimen.

What other self-care tips do you practice or know of?

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