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How to Cope with Anxiety Before/During Your First Hospital Visit after Recovering from Pneumonia

Today I went back to the hospital for the first time since I was there for pneumonia at the end of last year. A wave of mixed emotions got to me as I walked outside the premises and then in.

Seeing myself back on that bed, struggling to think clearly, to move, to breathe.

Experiencing difficulties in something you usually do effortlessly every day can shift your perspective deeply...if you allow it. It makes you reflect on your life from a different angle. Today I came for blood tests. An “in and out” event. I m walking freely, breathing effortlessly. And I recall. I make sure I recall what happened, how it felt, and what life means to me and what is the most important to me. The profound beauty and strength of this experience lie in the continuous lessons it offers. And for that, I m forever grateful.

Each medical event (from quick check-ups to long term treatments) now serves as a powerful reminder of resilience and the fragility of health. Walking through the familiar halls, I couldn't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude for their dedication and care. I brought lighthearted humour and a big smile with me this morning as I cam in. Employees here working tirelessly day and night, become your lifeline during a time of need. It's easy to take our health for granted, but moments like these highlight the incredible gift of well-being.

Moments like these can raise feelings of anxiety. A way to regulate that is through finding small moments of peace and mindfulness. Whether it's a brief meditation, a walk in nature, or simply taking a few deep breaths, these practices can help ground us in the present and reduce the overwhelming feelings that often accompany health uncertainties.

Don't forget the power of a kind word, connecting with loved ones and sharing our fears can provide emotional support and remind us that we are not alone in our struggles. And if you don't have someone you can contact on the spot, remind yourself of the following "all is well". Breath slowly, and repeat this affirmation with each exhalation.

Depending on what you are going through, remember that seeking professional help when needed is a sign of strength, not weakness. Therapists, counsellors, coaches, and support groups can offer valuable perspectives and coping strategies.

In the end, it's about finding a balance and recognising that while we cannot control everything, we can take proactive steps to care for ourselves and each other. Every small effort contributes to a larger sense of well-being, reminding us of the beautiful,

interconnected tapestry of human resilience and compassion.

As I left the hospital, I felt an overwhelming sense of appreciation for life's simple pleasures—a gentle breeze on my face, the vibrant colours of blooming flowers, the laughter of loved ones. These are the moments that truly matter, the ones that make life rich and meaningful. I am deeply grateful for the people in my life, from my parents, long time friend, to newer friends, and a growing community. My journey through illness and recovery in the past 6-8 months has not only made me stronger but has also taught me to cherish every single day.

I got a gentle and powerful reminder today.

I walk away with a renewed sense of purpose, more determined to live fully, love deeply, and embrace each moment with an open heart; ready to face whatever challenges that may come, with empathy, compassion, and gratitude.

Can you think of a significant event that has left a lasting impact on you, shaping your life? Do you still resonate with that moment and the lessons learned from it?

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