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Dr Sarah Jarvis

Cough & Cold Doctor's Advice From Dr Sarah Jarvis

Dr Sarah Jarvis has been a GP for 30 years. She’s a completely independent expert in coughs. Got a burning question? She has the answers!

Dr Sarah Jarvis does not endorse any medical brands or products.

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Will self-pity help my cough?

ANNOUNCEMENT: SELF-PITY IS NOT GOOD FOR WHEN YOU’RE ILL. But, don’t let us decide that for you. Dr Sarah Jarvis is a health and cough specialist. She’ll lay out all of the points for you in the following video. Then, you can decide whether you still want to mope around or if you want to take your cough head on.

Self-pity and feeling sorry for yourself when you’re ill isn’t going to help speed up your recovery. If you’re experiencing self-pity it can actually make you feel less in control and in turn makes you feel more stressed, this cycle can make your symptoms feel much worse.

It’s important to feel in control to avoid ‘learned helplessness’. According to the American Psychological Association this occurs when someone repeatedly faces uncontrollable, stressful situations and then does not exercise control when it becomes available. This results in the person feeling they cannot control events around them and losing motivation.

Naturally, when people feel self-pity whilst ill like this it can also lead to huddling up in front of the television, duvet wrapped around you, central heating on full blast and all the windows closed. Which as previously discussed, is not the best thing for taking on your cough.

So, the best thing to do is to get in control, grab your cough by the horns and get in charge. Another suggestion is to get a treatment that will relieve your symptoms and help you get through it while your body fights it off.

Finally, don’t feel sorry for yourself.