Relationships and asking for the help you need

2) Communication

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When you have a long term condition you will or may at times need help from various people. Your family, your healthcare team, your friends. The kind of help you may need can influence where or who you seek this help from.

To self manage your asthma effectively you need to be able to explain to other people how your asthma is affecting you.

This means being able to communicate what you need help with, sometimes to people who do or may not understand what it is like to have asthma.

Effective communication is also about both partners listening actively to what is being said. You should feel you have been listened to.

For more information on communication see:

Moving on Together (MoT): A self-management workbook by NHS Ayrshire & Arran.