Cancer is stressful. Between appointments, treatments, waiting for results, and just not feeling yourself all the time, it\u2019s hard to try and live your life normally.\nIf you find yourself overwhelmed, Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH, assistant professor, Biobehavioral Medicine in Oncology Program at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, suggests the following tips:\n1. \u00a0 When scheduling things, consider everything you\u00a0want\u00a0to do, and then think carefully about what you actually\u00a0can\u00a0do. Prioritize the things that are most important to you, and be willing to say \u201cno\u201d to things that will make life too hectic.\n\n2. \u00a0 Consider starting a \u201cGratitude Journal.\u201d\u00a0Begin 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.\n3. \u00a0\u00a0Schedule 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.\n\n4. \u00a0 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.\n\n5. \u00a0 Don\u2019t let good habits fall by the wayside when life gets chaotic. If you\u2019re focusing on losing weight or increasing exercise, maintain those goals no matter what else life throws your way.\n\n6. \u00a0 If you\u2019re 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\u2019s worth asking!