Taking care of yourself beyond cancer treatments
We are here for you every step of your journey because we know tomorrow can't wait.
Everyone knows the rule when flying with children to put your oxygen mask on first before putting it on your child. The same is true for patients and caregivers. You must take care of you first; otherwise, the whole plane can go down!
- Try to exercise each day. A simple 30 minute walk has been proven in studies to reduce the risk of recurrence by more than 50%. Those with active disease live longer too.
- Eat as healthy as you and drink plenty of fluids.
- Rest. A 20 minute cat-nap can do wonders.
- Sit quietly for 20 minutes, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
- Find good meditation tapes on the internet - some are only 3-5 minutes long.
- Read, do puzzles, color. These activities can lower blood pressure.
- Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, facial or hair cut.
- Take up a hobby. Maybe you knitted or did woodwork years ago, try it again!
- Allow yourself to have a pity party when you are feeling overwhelmed. A good cry releases negative energies.
- It's ok to spend a day in bed but if you are depressed and find yourself in bed a lot, it's time to talk to your doctor about depression and ways to manage it.
- Be mindful of the good in your life. Write down 3 things each day you are grateful for.
- Try yoga, reike, acupuncture. (many cancer centers now offer these complementary therapies)
- Massage is key to managing stress. This is especially good for single patients who do not have enough human touch in their lives.
- Schedule time with friends and family to have activities on the calendar to look forward to. Meeting for coffee, lunch or shopping can help you feel less alone.
- Take a hot bath with candles.
- Try to spend time in nature as often as you can. Find a good hike, walk around a lake, or visit the beach if you're lucky to live close to one.
- Find a good therapist who specializes in cancer patients, families.
Reach out to us
We are here for you every step of your journey because we know tomorrow can't wait. Look for local support groups in your area. Search for Blue Hope Nation, our online community, where you can connect with thousands of people who know what you're going through. Call our toll free Helpline for assistance at 877-422-2030. We're always here for you so please do not hesitate to reach out.