It’s not always easy to focus on ourselves; it seems there’s always something to do or someone to take care of. When you’re living with a cancer diagnosis, however, it’s imperative that you find ways to work self-care into your daily schedule. Stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression or sadness can easily become overwhelming and have a negative effect on your physical and mental health, so creating a routine that will keep you feeling healthy and energized is important.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can do this without breaking the bank or overloading your schedule. Think about how you can make small changes that will leave a big impact, such as eating healthy foods, getting in daily exercise, or getting rid of bad habits. You can also ensure that your mental health is well taken care of by reducing stress, taking time out each day for your own needs, and finding ways to cope with your anxieties.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to take care of yourself when you’re living with cancer.
Eating well is one of the keys to feeling good and having lots of energy, but it’s not always easy to do—especially when you feel rushed or have a lot of people to feed. Start planning out your meals before you head out to shop; look for dinners that include ingredients such as whole grains, fresh vegetables, nuts, berries, and dark leafy greens. These will help boost your immune system. You can also check out a local meal delivery service to have fresh, healthy meals sent right to your door.
Decluttering and getting organized can be a huge boost for your mental health, so look for opportunities to remove items you no longer need from your home and office. If it’s a big job, try getting rid of three things per day to make it more manageable. Doing so will help give you a sense of accomplishment without overwhelming you. Look for storage solutions that will keep your belongings neat and provide you more space.
Ask for help
It’s impossible to do everything yourself, and taking too much on will likely make you feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Asking for help when you have a lot of chores to do or errands to run will help you feel in control and will free up some time for you to focus on your needs. Talk to your friends and family members when you need a little help; they may be able to take turns assisting you with household chores or small errands when life gets too busy.
Fit in a workout
Daily exercise can be a key component in feeling good mentally, physically, and spiritually. Look for a workout routine that will help you focus on your mind and body at the same time, such as yoga/meditation, or something fun, like swimming. Working out every day can help you get fit while also taking care of your emotional and mental needs. Talk to your doctor about the right types of exercise for you.
Focusing on your own self-care and well-being after a cancer diagnosis can help you learn to cope with your feelings about your health and reduce stress and anxiety. Keep communication open with your loved ones and with your healthcare providers to ensure you’re doing what’s best for yourself. With a good plan and a little help, you can make your health a priority—without adding to your stress level.
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