Alan Hobman's Presentation

alan hobman.jpgQuality of life! – despite my illness

... from Seminar 2008

*change happens!!!
*sometimes it’s planned and sometimes it isn’t
*change can bring gain, excitement, new insights and learning
*change can bring loss and grief
*change can bring stress and anxiety
*change can challenge our sense of safety, predictability and control
*change can challenge the assumptions we make about our world
*change is a transitional time which cannot be avoided

*rise to the challenge of your illness - face it
*seek valid information and be involved in choices
*be positive and optimistic, and realistic
*stick to what you know, not what you imagine
*care for yourself
*manage your stress
*maintain as usual a life style as possible
*acknowledge and express your emotions
*seek joy

*Thou shalt not be perfect, nor even try to be
*Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people
*Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done
*Thou shalt not spread thyself too thinly
*Thou shalt learn to say “no!”
*Thou shalt schedule time for thyself, and thy supportive network
*Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly
*Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times
*Thou shalt not even feel guilty
*Especially, thou shalt not be thine own worst enemy but be thine own best friend 


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