Coping With Long COVID (Without the Use of Meds)

COVID-19 may create symptoms that last for weeks or months after the virus has gone away. Therefore, managing it does not end, in some cases, after the virus leaves your body. If you don’t want to depend on meds, it’s important to find out how you can care for yourself through relaxation, nutrition, and exercise activities.

The Long-term Effects of COVID-19

When we speak about Long COVID, we’re referring to the long-term effects of the COVID-19 virus – effects that do not immediately go away. To understand how the virus can affect you over a duration of time, it’s important to narrow down the symptoms.

Impacts on the Respiratory System

People may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, or a persistent cough when suffering from Long COVID. These symptoms continue because the respiratory system has been compromised.

The virus also may have a long-lasting effect on the nervous system. People may experience changes in their sense of taste or smell. They may also experience brain fog from time to time.

Cardiovascular Symptoms

Chest tightness or pain, or chest palpitations, may also occur, affecting the cardiovascular system.

Integumentary System Side Effects

Joint or muscle pain may be a continuing symptom as well as rashes or hair loss, which come from the virus’s effect on the integumentary system.

Depression and Anxiety

The effects of Long COVID may also impact a patient’s mental health, causing them to suffer from depression or anxiety or have problems with sleeping.

For many people with a chronic illness, taking a daily medication may turn out to be a struggle. The reasons why patients stop taking their meds vary from person to person, but it’s an important topic that often goes unaddressed.

That is why coping with Long COVID is something you need to take seriously. The following information will give you the insight needed to follow a course of therapy that is both successful and uplifting.

Why do Patients Stop Taking their Meds?

Many people don’t like taking meds or stop taking them because they don’t like the side effects. They may also think spending the money is financially draining. If you don’t like taking meds, you need to speak with your doctor to make sure you transition safely and successfully.

Strategies to Cope with Long-term Chronic COVID Without Medication

If you’ve been off your meds for a while, it’s important to keep a journal of your symptoms. The journal will help you track how certain symptoms are impacting your life.

Therefore, journaling can be a great way to track your symptoms, record positive changes, and review what’s happening during therapy. You might also consider consulting with a therapist to help you process your emotions, challenge destructive thought patterns, and build coping mechanisms that work for you.

Be patient with yourself and give yourself time to adapt to your new situation. Sometimes, an adjustment period can last for several years.

To enjoy better health, you need to change how you eat, how you exercise, and how you relax. Be ultra-good to yourself and your symptoms will subside over time. You may want to consult with a nutritionist to ensure you’re eating the right foods for your condition.

You also want to find exercises that are not taxing, but will help you improve your breathing and mental well-being. One of the best exercises, in this respect, is yoga. Not only does it enhance your respiratory and cardiovascular functions, it helps you calm your thoughts – thoughts that may lead to anxiety and depression.

Make sure you go to bed at a reasonable time each night. Reduce your intake of stimulants, such as caffeine. The temperature of the room where you sleep should be cool and not too warm, allowing you to sleep comfortably. If you’re comfortable with one flannel blanket, you’ve set the thermostat at about the right temperature.

Final Thoughts about Managing Long COVID

Relying on medications can be stressful with respect to the side effects they produce or the financial hardship that may follow. The above activities will help you manage Long COVID with fewer worries and more confidence. Again, speak to your physician first to ensure that your regimen will keep you on a positive track.

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