7 Tips for Coping with Cancer

If you are currently being treated for cancer, then your healthcare provider will be assembling the best physical treatments they can in order to tackle the disease. Meanwhile, you may find the hardest day to day struggle is the fatigue that can accompany cancer and its treatments. Here are some tips for both maintaining your energy levels and giving yourself the rest and relaxation you need to keep strong.

Join a Support Group 

Your family and loved ones are instrumental in providing you daily with care and assistance, however it can sometimes be hard to describe to them how you are feeling, as you may not want them to worry, or may feel they won’t be able to understand. Finding a cancer support group in your area will allow you to open up safe in the knowledge that you are not alone, and allow you to meet people who have been where you are and can offer great advice on dealing with all elements of both treatment and the emotions you may experience while ill.

Exercise Gently 

Exercise has been found to aid energy levels in cancer sufferers, however it isn’t a good idea to push yourself when feeling very poorly. Try to think of a moderately  active pursuit that you enjoy doing, such as taking a walk through a local park, and take it at your pace over a comfortable amount of time.

Get Enough Sleep 

It is generally recommended that 8 hours sleep will help you to feel reenergised  in the morning, however everyone is different. The assumption may be that the more sleep you get, the better you will feel in the morning, but for some people too much sleep can add to feelings of lethargy or fatigue. You may know already how much sleep you require each night, in which case strive to get the sleep you need, but if you are not sure what your optimum amount is then a keep a journal of hours slept and your energy levels the following day.

Keep Hunger at Bay 

To maintain a steady energy level, you should eat small amounts regularly. Over-indulging can lead to the sensation of tiredness, just as not eating enough may make you feel weak. Try to include complex carbohydrates and protein rich foods, as these will provide you with long lasting energy. Both sugary and fatty foods can have an adverse affect on your blood sugar levels, which can cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, leading to sudden peaks and troughs in your energy .

Make Yourself at Home 

It is of the utmost important that your home is as comfortable for you as it can be and on the most basic level, the temperature of your environment can impact on how well you feel and how much energy you have. Just think of how much harder physical work feels on a very hot day, or how loathe you may be to get out of bed on a freezing cold morning!  You could set your thermostat at home to a good midway temperature, and try to avoid instances where the heat and cold may become extreme, such as long hot baths or being outside in a sharp wind for too long.

Keep Calm 

The physical effects of stress are well noted, but luckily so are the ways in which you can tackle them. At times when you may feel overwhelmed and panicky, try inhaling to the count of four, and then exhaling to a count of eight. Extending the out breath longer than the in breath directly affects the stress response and counteracts it. On a more general level, daily meditation for only twenty minutes can help you to clear your mind, and may help you face each day with a calmer outlook.

Complementary Therapies 

If you have tried complementary therapies in the past, then you may already have an idea of something that may work for you. If however you are wary or cynical of complementary health, don’t simply write it off, as there are several therapies which can function simply as a pleasant experience such as Indian head massage or aromatherapy. Your health care provider will be able to advise you on your nearest available treatments, and you may even be eligible for NHS backed schemes in some areas.



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