- Find Support
My family were very supportive; my husband and/or daughter went with me to all appointments and drove me to treatments, my sister in law, a breast cancer survivor, offered much practical advice, and my brother was a great support for my husband.
canncerconnection.ca was informative and supportive and I could connect at any time of night or day and a response always came quickly.
- Focus on things that make you feel better
I focused on the joy my family brings me and continued hosting our monthly family get togethers of potluck meals and games.
- Improve your sleep
I found that reading or doing cross stitch in the evenings was a good way to calm down before sleep.
- Exercise and take care of your body
I started going to weekly yoga classes and walking daily.
Both of these activities got me out of the house, among other people doing normal activities and made me feel better physically and emotionally.
- Eat Well
I worked towards a more balanced way of eating with more fruits and vegetables, more grains, more fish, less meat, and less sweets. It has become a life choice and we continue to enjoy our new way of eating.
- Make lists of calming, enjoyable and useful activities
I created an ‘18 for 2018’ list of activities. A discussion here on cancerconnection.ca got me started on it. https://cancerconnection.ca/groups/forums/viewtopic/23/44/58423?post_id%20=%20286278#p286278
that will challenge me
- Try relaxation activities
I tried a variety of activities, yoga, puzzles, painting, needlework, deep breathing and guided imagery to music were helpful.
Face Your Fears
Avoid alcohol and quit smoking
Get counseling to help you cope
Take Prescribed medications
The top three things that helped reduce my anxiety were; Make lists of calming, enjoyable and useful activities (I kept busy and didn’t have time to worry), Eat Well, and Exercise and take care of your body.
What did you did you do, or feel your could try, that reduced/will reduce your anxiety?