Undergoing Cancer treatment is stressful and at times debilitating. It’s common to experience fear, confusion, sadness and even helplessness as we consider which treatment plan is appropriate for us. These powerful emotions in and of themselves need be addressed and managed separately from the cancer, so that the body can utilize its healing mechanism and ensure the immune system function at optimal level.
Stress Management Action Plan
1. Interrupt your mind.
If your body tense up and emotions rise to the surface, take control of the situation by taking a long deep breath. A deep breath forces the mind to focus on physical sensations thus interrupting the aggravating thought process.
2. Express yourself in the right time and place.
This option might be in your best interest if the situation allows it. Share your feelings with those who value and love you. Thought are scarier in the realm of the mind, put them down on paper or find another creative way to express the way you feel.
3. Release and let go (or forgive).
As a general rule we say things to ourselves and do things to ourselves that we would have not allowed anyone else to say or do. In that respect we may intentionally or unintentionally blame ourselves for our illness. The pattern of self blame and guilt breed more emotional suffering and negatively impact our health.
The remedy is forgiveness. Forgiveness is not condoning but understanding that you have done the best with what you knew at that time. When you know better you do better.
The negative impact of stress on our lives is well documented. Especially in the context of healing from Cancer or any other illness is it vital that we take responsibility for our state of mind and state of heart.
The foundation of stress management is a balanced mind and a healthy lifestyle. Using the above strategies, you too can enjoy a calmer mind and body. With that in mind, some people find it easier to relax and let go when working with written material or listening to a guided process such as guided meditation or self hypnosis audio. If this seems more appropriate for you, try any of our wellness programs. Each is geared toward a specific goal i.e. total relaxation or blissful night sleep.