A cancer diagnosis can be difficult. If you learn the right coping techniques, however, you can learn to manage your emotions in a healthy way. Here are 5 techniques to help you cope during this time.
1. Empower yourself with information.
There is a lot of misinformation about the disease, all of which can leave you feeling like your life has suddenly come to an end. That is why you should arm yourself with as much information as possible, and ask your doctor about any changes cancer could cause in your body and how you can adjust your life to accommodate them.
2. Establish a strong support network from family and friends.
Your close family and friends are your first support network. Talk to your loved ones, and allow them to help with normal day-to-day activities, such as running errands and taking care of you.
If your cancer is in its advanced stages, you may need more help, and your family can act as your primary caregivers. Do not hesitate to ask for help when things get tough. Do not be afraid to ask for help, and let those close to you know how they can help.
3. Join a cancer support group.
Your support network should go beyond your friends and family. In fact, those close to you may also need support networks to help them cope. Cancer can be emotionally draining, and it can be difficult for your loved ones to see you in your condition, and they may need support to cope too.
Talking to people who have walked the same path will help you better understand your situation and the options available. Ask your doctor to recommend local support groups, and be sure to attend their support sessions. You can also find support online through social media. A quick search will give you options, and you will be surprised by the love and support from virtual strangers. They have been where you are and can share some useful insights on how to cope.
4. It is okay to be angry and grieve.
It is more than okay to be angry and grieve. However, you should not allow these feelings to overcome you emotionally. Allow yourself to process them, and use them as leverage to help face your diagnosis.
It is okay to cry. It is also okay to want some alone time. Find someone with whom you can share your feelings. A friend or family member can help and so can a support group. You may be surprised by how easier it gets when you pen them down or share them with someone. Sharing your feelings through blogs or vlogs can also inspire someone else who is going through the same situation.
5. Try to maintain a normal routine.
Cancer is a life-changing, and you cannot expect to go back to how life used to be before your diagnosis. You also should not allow cancer to completely change your life. You may need to make a few adjustments, but try to maintain some semblance of a normal life. Visit a primary care clinic for adults, and talk to your doctor about the changes you’ll need to make.
Most importantly, do not forget to have some fun. Go out with friends, and have some fun every once in a while. Enjoy the summer, and even when you feel like spending all day in bed, remind yourself that it is a new day, and fight to stay happy. Go out and enjoy the sun, but remember to practice sun safety to protect your skin.
Find a gentle exercise routine that works for you. Even when the chemo and radiotherapy exhaust you, try to remain active even for just a few minutes every day. In short, remember to find ways to clear your head. Watch for the symptoms of depression, and be transparent with your doctor about how you feel.
For more information
Coping with cancer requires you to learn to live with your diagnosis. Take charge of your life, and fight to live by choosing coping techniques that work for you. Contact KentuckyCare today at (866) 810-7602 for recommendations or to schedule an appointment with a doctor.