Decide what is important for you
For most renal patients, treatment will change the course of daily life. In addition to medical therapy, a healthy lifestyle is essential for maintaining your overall well-being. This involves a wide range of factors which all together let you live your life to the full, both physically and psychologically. Carefully consider what quality of life means to you. At the same time, take a look at individual aspects of life and evaluate what is important to you: food and drink, exercise and fitness, travel and holidays, sexual relations, self-determination and flexibility, social contacts and occupation...
A positive feeling will certainly begin to emerge once you have defined your personal criteria for quality of life. It’s important to be aware of your lifestyle choices and to make choices that will let you feel your best.
Helpful tips for your daily life
You will find on this page helpful tips for your daily life with renal failure as well as answers to your most frequent questions.
Listen to your body
Many patients feel tired following a dialysis session. Take it easy for the rest of the day.
Normally, you will have your energy back the next day. Try to maintain your hobbies and your everyday life. After consulting with your doctor, you can also enjoy exercises or sports on dialysis-free days or even during dialysis. In fact, you can pretty much do anything that makes you feel good.
Time and treatment schedule
With renal failure in particular, it is helpful to take a close look at your daily and weekly routine. Dialysis needs continuity to keep you well, but there is always a degree of flexibility to make your life work. Patients who undergo dialysis treatment purposely optimize their schedule to make better use of their time. Set your priorities and organize your life accordingly. A regular schedule will keep you strong and help you stay active.
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Maintain your social life
Remember that your roles in life as wife, husband, parent, friend or expert in your particular profession, are still there and remain important. Make a conscious effort to take care of them.
Sports and activities
It’s valuable to engage in sports. Exercise can be the best medicine. Regular exercise not only allows you to enjoy life more, it can also improve blood pressure, metabolism, and usually helps to maintain an ideal weight as well. The staff at the renal care center is ready to assist with useful tips on staying fit, even with simple exercises you can do during dialysis. Physical activity in the form of regular walks or other sports should become a part of daily routine. Just make sure to consult with your healthcare team before starting any new activities.
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Communication and support
Many patients with chronic disease go through difficult phases or frustrations. Always remember: Your family, friends as well as the people in your renal care center are there for you if you need support and always have your best interests at heart. Don’t be afraid to ask. Open communication is important for your health – both mental and physical. In addition, there’s the opportunity to join self-help groups or patient communities. You never walk alone.
Eating and drinking
In kidney disease in particular, a balanced diet is essential for your well-being and to avoid further complications. But this does not mean your diet has to be bland and boring. You may need to be careful with certain types of food and you will also likely have to restrict the amount of fluids that you drink to feel well and to manage your dialysis treatment successfully.
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