Loneliness is a common feeling when coping with a cancer diagnosis. Feel free to talk to your friends and family about giving you emotional support and assistance with daily activities. Having a loved one be there to go grocery shopping or cooking and cleaning can make the stress of daily life more manageable. They can even join you in going to doctor visits. Joining a cancer support group is also a good way to engage with others going through similar experiences.
Don’t be afraid to feel your feelings. Taking time to journal daily can help manage stress and keep you in contact with your ever-changing emotions.
Seeking a professional to talk to can really help with mental health. Talking through your thoughts with a mental health professional can reassure you that your response to your situation is normal. They can talk to you one-on-one or with a friend or family member and equip you with strategies to manage stress and anxiety.
Doing gentile exercise for 30 minutes a day can help you feel better. A simple walk, bike ride, yoga, or swimming are all great options to release the endorphins that can help you feel less stressed. Finding a group to join like a dance class can also be great. Find an activity that appeals to you to make it a fun time that you set aside for yourself.
Meditation, yoga, stretching or getting a massage are great ways to help relaxation–which can minimize stress. Make a commitment to yourself, and remember that any time you spend in relaxation will have a positive impact on your health.
Below are some great articles that you may find relevant for coping with a cancer diagnosis.
Managing the Side Effects of Radiation
Tips for Managing Stress During Cancer Treatments
Managing Cancer Fatigue or Weakness
Eating Well During and After Your Cancer Treatment
How a Child Understands Cancer
Thank you April Meyers for submitting these resources.