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A cancer diagnosis tends to dominate all aspects of our lives. From tests, waiting for results, treatment, side effects, surgeries, it can make us feel an unimaginable amount of fear and frustration.
The complete lack of control from our situation seems daunting and often hopeless. As grim as it may seem there are many things we can control for a better experience living with the big “C”. We can still make decisions and choices that will help us navigate this unfamiliar territory on this unexpected journey.
Self-care is one of the best ways to start. Caring for ourselves is not selfish or self indulgent.
It is a practical way to deal with our new normal.
Routine self-care practices can change and even eliminate some of the unfavorable effects of anxiety, stress and sleep disorders commonly experienced when dealing with cancer.
"Not everything about having cancer is negative.
It changes your perspective. Suddenly every aspect of life becomes more meaningful than ever before".
It is entirely possible to change your viewpoint and fragile disposition by the choices you make each and every day. You can choose to have a good day or you can choose to have a bad day.
Here are some ideas to help you have a better day… every day.
- Slow down. Find time for you, your body and mind. Don't let other people's agendas dictate what you do with your time and your energy.
- Make and take time for yourself. Start a hobby such as gardening, crafts, art, dancing, cooking and enjoy more music and reading.
- Start a journal. Write poetry, lyrics, stories, letters (remember you don’t have to send them) or start a blog.
- Nourish your body. Eat the best foods possible for your condition. Your body is capable of doing amazing things when it receives an abundance of fortified foods for proper nourishment.
- Light exercise and spend more time with people you care about. Taking a walk, stretching, light calisthenics and cardio workouts are extremely beneficial. Getting out and moving around helps to motivate one to socialize more with others. It does so much good to keep your mind and body focused on the positive things life has to offer.
- Prioritize sleep. Getting proper rest is essential to help with healing or recovery.
- Protect your time. Saying "no" when you would usually say “yes” is crucial when overwhelmed.
- They do care. Don’t hold your friends and family hostage if they lack some interest in your journey with your disease. They still love and care about you. Realize they are busy with their lives, just like you.
Hopefully this information and video will help you or someone you know.
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