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6 Stress-Busting Tips for Cancer Patients


WRITTEN BY: CancerCenter
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Cancer is stressful. Between appointments, treatments, waiting for results, and just not feeling yourself all the time, it’s hard to try and live your life normally.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program at UPMC CancerCenter, suggests the following tips:

1.   When scheduling things, consider everything you want to do, and then think carefully about what you actually can do. Prioritize the things that are most important to you, and be willing to say “no” to things that will make life too hectic.New Year's Resolutions

2.   Consider starting a “Gratitude Journal.”  Begin each day by listing five things you are grateful for. If you do this when you wake up, it will put you on a positive path for the day.

gratitude journal3.   Schedule down time. Life can be wonderfully hectic, but make sure you protect quiet, still time so that you have the energy you need to enjoy activities.

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4.   Connect with family. Plan in advance as to how you can make the most of your time together, especially if you have family coming in from out of town.

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5.   Don’t let good habits fall by the wayside when life gets chaotic. If you’re focusing on losing weight or increasing exercise, maintain those goals no matter what else life throws your way.

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6.   If you’re in treatment, talk to your health care team about how to schedule treatments at times that will be convenient for you as you participate in other activities. Your team might not be able to accommodate all your requests, but it’s worth asking!

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