Cancer and any associated symptoms, cancer treatment and any associated side-effects, living with or beyond cancer can all have a significant impact on the mental wellbeing of you or and those close to you.
Everyone’s cancer journey will be personal and unique; but engaging in activities that can improve mental wellbeing can be helpful for our overall health and quality of life during this challenging time.
Research suggests that your mindset during this journey is important. Talking about your feelings can help improve optimism. Engaging with a support group can help you understanding your cancer and reduce tension, anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy has also been shown to improve feelings of happiness, pleasure, commitment and character strengths of those living with a cancer diagnosis.
Having an adaptive mindset can help you deal with the stresses of going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment or living with or beyond cancer.
Meditation is one tool that can be used to help relieve some cancer and cancer treatment-related symptoms, helping to improve your quality of life. Benefits can include: improving your mood and concentration and boosting your immune system, all of which can have positive effects on symptoms and side effects of treatment. There are many ways to meditate such as; visualisation and guided imagery, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), prayerful meditation and focused meditation.
Focusing on you and your mindset is important to help yourself remain as positive as you can.
Take a look at these ideas that might help…
Think about your mindset, having a more positive outlook is beneficial for your health and quality of life.
Try to continue to do the things you enjoy with your friends, family or alone.
Try something new, like meditation or set a new goal. Give yourself a variety of things to look forward to.
Empower yourself during this difficult time. It's ok to feel your emotions. They are all valid. Talk and get support if needed.
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