Breast cancer does not only affect a patient physically, but also influences overall health and wellness. To successfully combat a cancer diagnosis, it is important to take care of your emotional and physical health during treatment. Read on to learn more about handling the emotional side of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
- Stay active: Although it is important for all men and women to stay physically fit, it becomes even more important for those with a breast cancer diagnosis. Getting regular exercise will not only help you stay physically healthy, but also significantly improve your mood and keep negativity at bay. Do your best to get out and exercise at least once a day.
- Try new things: If exercise alone is not working to reduce your stress and anxiety, find time in your day for rest and reflection. Studies have shown that meditation can help to reduce stress, improve moods, reduce fatigue, and improve your quality of sleep. If you are new to meditation, consider looking for a good teacher or finding ways to learn at home.
- Eat well: Eating a balanced, nutritious diet can go a long way toward improving your moods and stabilizing your emotions. Make sure your diet is rich in lean proteins, leafy greens, and fruits. If you are undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy, ask your doctor what kind of diet is best for fighting fatigue and minimizing side effects.
- Ask for help: Do not shy away from your loved ones’ offers to help—when fighting cancer, it is perfectly fine to delegate some of your responsibilities so that you can find more time to care for yourself. Letting your friends and family help you will also allow them to feel more involved and supportive in the fight alongside you. Professionally organized support groups are also available and provide an outlet to share your experience with others who can empathize.
For more information about staying healthy and positive during breast cancer treatment, contact the Boca Raton practice of Dr. Marla W. Dudak at (888) 418-6759 today.