Staying Positive after a Cancer Diagnosis: 6 Tips to Do It Right 39

Staying Positive after a Cancer Diagnosis: 6 Tips to Do It Right

The following article is a guest post.

Hearing a cancer diagnosis is a terrible thing and people can react very negatively to it. Some people get depressed, some get angry, which are both natural and normal reactions.

However, dwelling in this state of mind is not normal nor healthy.

Once you have been diagnosed, you need to absorb the news and adapt to the new situation. With new treatment options being discovered and perfected every day, the chances of overcoming cancer are better now than ever.

Pills such as Tesetaxel, gene therapy, radiation therapy and other methods keep getting better.

Have Support of Friends and Family.

The first thing you need to do is let your friends and family know about your condition. Give them time to process the information.

They will offer you their support and company. You should accept this help because continuing with your normal life is the best thing you can do.

Sometimes, people who are close to us can react strangely to such big and important news. Give them time to adapt, but be sure to set some rules about your condition.

You do not need condescension and pity from them, so make sure that they know that.

Seek Professional Help.

If you yourself aren’t able to cope with the magnitude of the illness and its implication on your life, consider talking to a professional.

Your oncologist will recommend you some people with whom he has worked in the past. It is not uncommon that people with a cancer diagnosis feel lost and overwhelmed at first. However, with a bit of help, you can find your ground and get on with your life.

Seeking professional help is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it shows that you have the strength to face your problems instead of running away from them.

When you feel comfortable enough, you can start your treatment.

Research Treatment Options.

Your doctor will tell you what your options are. With so many different treatment options, you may feel lost at first. That is why you should do some research about current and emerging treatment options to discuss with your doctor.

The main reason to do this is to feel involved in the process, rather than just a helpless victim and passive observer.

Look up any experimental and novel treatment options near you and ask your doctor if you qualify. You can only increase your chances of full recovery.

Adapt Your Diet and Exercise.

This may be a good time to think about your diet. What will your body need to fight this illness?

Generally, a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended, whereas processed foods are discouraged. Not only will you help your body fight the illness, but you can lose weight in the process.

An important addition to the proper diet is exercise. That’s why you should consider taking up regular exercise if it is not yet a part of your daily routine.

Stay at Work if You Can.

Going to work gives people purpose, which is particularly important when you are fighting cancer.

If your condition permits it, stay employed and go about your day as you would normally. If you are not feeling capable to give it your best, maybe you can ask for a part time position.

Keep Your Hobbies.

Just like work, hobbies give us focus in life. If you had a hobby before you were diagnosed, try to keep it up. Happiness can help your immune system fight off a lot of illnesses, as found by researchers at Berkeley.

If you don’t have a hobby, think about what makes you happy, what interests you and find a way to incorporate these activities into your day as much as you can.

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How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood 44

How Your Home Affects Your Mental Health and Mood

As the seasons change, so can your mood. Your mental health is dependent on many factors like environment, susceptibility, relationships. But what about the home you live in?

It is suggested that having more unrestricted spaces and open concepts would be more beneficial to our mental health because it would allow our minds to create multiple paths and perspective about the world around us, potentially strengthening intellectual abilities.

For a better understanding of how the structures around us affect our mental health, researchers are looking into the benefits and shortfalls of raising children in more open versus enclosed spaces.

Few points to be taken care of if your home is affecting your mental health:

1. Clean equals calm.

The surroundings in which you live should be neat and clean. If you live in clean surroundings, you are going to relax your mind and feel good.

2. Embrace small and cramped.

Even if you live in a small apartment, you should make your stay an enjoyable one. You can design your small home with elegant furniture which you can find on the online portal Urban Ladder.

Also, embrace your house with coordinating colors and then see you will love your small living area as well.

3. Light it up.

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Most people are sensitive to light. Some people like to live in dark and others like to live in full light. Those who live in dark are prone to remain sad most of the times. So try to live in the places full of light.

Sunlight changes your mood so incorporate the sunshine into your daily life. Spend some time in the open sunlight.

4. Set up for sleep.

Sleep plays a very important part in our lives. If you get proper sleep, you will be able to remain happy.

Make sure you have a dark environment to sleep, be it in the night or day. Because darkness helps in making you sleep properly and wake up in a happy mode.

5. Room wisely.

Roommates can be either positive or negative. So you need to choose a room partner very wisely.

If you start living with a negative person, you are going to compromise with your mental health and can bother yourselves. So instead of hampering your mind and health, it’s better to choose a proper roommate for you.

6. Paint your way to a smile.

Choose soft colors for the wall paint as they soothe your eyes and mind.

7. Break-ups may require a break from your apartment.

If you have been living with a partner for a longer period of time in an apartment and somehow you break up with that person, the memories are going to hamper your mental health. So it would be better if you also take a break from your apartment and change your apartment.

8. Choosing a color.

Remember, all colors can affect your mood, behavior and stress levels. Choosing the color of your office, your clothes or your desktop should not be taken lightly. They do affect our moods and productivity.

However, colors are not the only thing that affects us. But, when you are given the choice, pick a color that will work with you and not against you.

At the end, we would like to tell you all your mental health depends completely upon the surrounding you live in so make some efforts to bring some positive changes in the surroundings and notice the real change in you.