Focusing on Your Emotional Health

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Going on dialysis is a big change – both physically and emotionally. It's completely normal to experience a range of emotions, especially when you're new to dialysis. It’s new and unknown. Give yourself time to settle into your new routine.

Dialysis can be an emotional marathon

Even when you are in a solid routine, dialysis isn’t a smooth ride emotionally. You’ll have days when something small will set you off or you’ll fall back into grieving for the life you had before your kidneys failed. After all, this was a big life change.

The importance of getting support

Getting support from family, friends or a care team member is important to crafting a balanced, fulfilling life on dialysis. Start by reaching out to people who can encourage you.

  • Talk to friends

    Talk to friends, family, religious group members, club members – anyone close to you.

  • Get comfortable talking
    Get comfortable talking about dialysis – your supporters want to understand how you’re doing and how they can help.
  • Keep your network up to date
    Keep your network up to date – especially if there are any changes in your treatment.
  • Communicate with your care team
    Communicate with your care team – the more they know, the better they’ll be able to meet your personal needs.

Putting your mind to it

Living with dialysis is as much about your emotional health as it is about your physical health. For most people, positive thinking, and meditation take practice. Allowing yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling without judgement is a great place to start.

Emotional Health - Putting Your Mind To It
4 ideas for positive thinking
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Be in the moment. Whether it’s doing your job or simply chatting with a friend, focusing on being ‘in the now’ is much more rewarding than thinking about what may or may not happen.
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Less is more. Rather than trying to accomplish too many things at once, take on one thing at a time. Simplifying your to-do list and focusing on the things that are most important to you will make your time spent doing them richer.
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Keep an open mind. You’re going to have a lot of new experiences while learning how to live your life to the fullest on dialysis. Being open to change will help you adjust – and perhaps help you grow. You may even find a new activity or experience that you’ll want to make a habit.
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Make a wish list. Writing down your wishes or goals on paper makes them feel more real. You’ll also be more likely to make them happen.