Why am I so emotional? It’s a question many of us on Superbloom might be asking ourselves, and there’s a reason why: One third of people with a chronic illness may experience symptoms of depression, according to Cleveland Clinic. Why? Because living with a chronic illness can feel traumatizing and isolating. You may feel fear, anger, shame, and anxiety. It’s important to address your emotions in a healthy way on your path to healing.

You may not resolve uncomfortable feelings immediately, but it can happen. Here are a few ideas to help you manage your emotions and support your mental wellness. Feel free to talk about them with a medical professional or someone you trust.

Try to avoid judging your emotions

When it comes to dealing with a chronic illness, there is no right or wrong way to feel. People express themselves differently, and your emotions are valid. So next time you ask yourself, ‘Why am I so emotional?’, realize that it’s your way of working through what you’re experiencing on that day.

Expect ups and downs each day

You’ll have days where you feel optimistic and unstoppable. Other days might seem like a never-ending struggle. No matter how you’re feeling, try to embrace what each day brings. Realizing that every day may not be the same and accepting whatever comes can help you embrace a positive perspective when you need it most.

Be patient and compassionate with yourself

Depending on the severity and nature of your illness, it may require that you make life adjustments for the short- or long-term. These changes can take some time to get used to, so remind yourself that you’re only human; give yourself love and time to cope and adapt. Speak positive affirmations to help manifest the changes you want; allow yourself to make mistakes; and understand that emotions and obstacles may evolve.

Make sure to get enough sleep

This may seem like an obvious tip, but research has shown that you’re more irritable and short-tempered when you’re sleep deprived. Also, dealing with a chronic illness can be mentally and physically exhausting. So, when you’re wondering, ‘Why am I so emotional?’ in the middle of a tough day, think about how much sleep you got the night before, and try to prioritize getting seven to nine hours of uninterrupted zzz’s that night.

Be specific when you ask for help

The more honest, explicit, and detailed you are with healthcare providers, family, and friends, the more likely you are to get the help you need. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to say so. If you want to try something else, speak up immediately. There is no shame in reaching out, and you should feel empowered to do so.

Become an expert on your illness

When you’re living with a chronic illness, it’s essential that you learn as much as possible about it. Educate yourself on the research, symptoms, treatments, and clinical trials, if they exist. Keep a journal and record what you’re feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually each day. Notice patterns and changes. As you become more familiar with your condition, you may be able to have more control. The more you know, the better you can advocate for your needs.

Whether you’ve learned of your chronic illness recently or have been managing it for some time, always check in with yourself and your emotional wellbeing. Next time you’re feeling frustrated and asking, ‘Why am I so emotional?’ try some of these tips, and share your journey on Superbloom. Together, we’ll heal.