Cancer is one of the most difficult diagnoses. It immediately causes a great deal of stress in your life. Add to your diagnosis and treatment the typical stress of work, home life and finances, and your cancer diagnosis seems insurmountable.
Although there is no proof that stress causes cancer, chronic stress likely weakens your immunity. A weak immune system opens you up to all sorts of health problems and an overall low sense of well-being.
Stress comes from things in our lives that stress us, called stressors. You can avoid some stressors. By making changes in your life you can reduce the amount of stress you experience. Reduce stress in your life today for your best health in your future. Tips for reducing stress during cancer include:
You cannot get rid of all stress in your life. So the key to your best wellness is managing your stress. Stress management strategies take the anxiety out of dealing with everyday stressors. Tips to remember for dealing with your stress include:
Learn new relaxation techniques to reduce your stress. A counselor can help you learn these. Use the techniques to help you through stressful times. Relaxation techniques include:
Remember to keep an open line of communication with your treatment team regarding side effects and emotional well-being. How you feel plays a significant role in your cancer recovery and return to a healthy, happy life. When you realize you need help, support or guidance during and after cancer treatment, talk to your doctor for that help.