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Chronic Illness

Embracing Change: ACT Therapy’s Role in Managing Chronic Illness

At AQAL Therapies, we understand that living with a chronic illness can be an emotional rollercoaster.

 

The daily challenges, uncertainty, and physical limitations can take a toll on your well-being.

 

That’s why we offer Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a valuable therapeutic approach for individuals navigating chronic health conditions.

General Overview of Our Approach

What is ACT?

  1. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):

    • ACT is more than a set of techniques; it’s a mindset.

    • It encourages individuals to accept their current reality—thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations—without judgment.

    • By doing so, you conserve energy that might otherwise be wasted in struggling against what cannot be changed.

  2. Emotional Resilience:

    • Chronic illness often triggers a range of emotions: frustration, fear, grief, and even anger.

    • ACT helps you build emotional resilience by acknowledging these feelings and learning to respond effectively.

How ACT Helps with Chronic Illness/Pain

  1. Acceptance:

    • ACT invites you to embrace your health condition without resistance.

    • Rather than fighting against symptoms or limitations, you learn to coexist with them.

  2. Values-Driven Action:

    • What truly matters to you? Your values guide your actions.

    • ACT encourages you to take committed steps aligned with your core values, even in the face of adversity.

  3. Mindfulness Practices:

    • Cultivate present-moment awareness.

    • Mindfulness helps you detach from distressing thoughts and focus on what’s within your control.

  4. Defusion Techniques:

    • Distance yourself from unhelpful thoughts.

    • You learn to observe your mind without getting entangled in its stories.

  5. Self-as-Context Perspective:

    • View thoughts as transient events.

    • Shift your perspective and increase self-compassion.

Why ACT Works

  1. Psychological Flexibility:

    • ACT empowers you to adapt to life’s challenges.

    • By accepting pain and choosing purposeful actions, you build resilience.

  2. Living Well with Pain:

    • The goal isn’t pain elimination; it’s living well despite pain.

    • You’ll discover ways to engage in activities that matter to you, even when pain persists.

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