How to Master the Art of Relaxtion When You Have Cancer

by Brittany McNabb

Relaxing can be very hard when you are fighting cancer. Even people that don't have to worry about doctor appointments, chemo, counts, scans, or prescription meds have trouble finding ways to relax in their everyday life. In a world that is so go-go-go, especially when battling cancer, it can be valuable to find at least 20 minutes a day to feel "relaxed." The question is: how...?

How To Relax When You Have Cancer

Here are 10 ideas that might get you on track to mastering the art of relaxation even while undergoing cancer treatment. The good news is - they all take less than 10 minutes. So, give one or all of them a try and see what works for you.

1. Smile.

Learning To Put Your Feet Up

Many people find that simply taking a moment to consciously smile can make a huge difference. Smile to yourself or smile to others and it may immediately put you in a better mindset.

2. Count back from 10.

Count Back From 10

Here is a relaxation exercise that only takes 20 seconds. When you feel overwhelmed, practice counting backwards from 10 and then back up to 10. This acts as a 20 second reboot for your system. You can also practice deep breathing if that helps you to calm down.

3. Sip on something soothing.

Relax Yourself

If you take a break from work or chores to make a soothing beverage this will not only pull you away from the stressful task but also provide comfort of drinking something warm. Green tea is especially soothing for your body when you are stressed. 

4. Listen to your favorite song.

Inspirational Music For People With Cancer

The length of one of your favorite songs can be the perfect amount of time to escape whatever stressful thoughts are riddling your mind. 

5. Meditate (Or just STOP and breathe.)

Meditation

Meditation has been proven to help people relax, but if you feel like you can't take on "meditation" itself then just stop and breathe. Deep breathing or stretching exercises can be very helpful in relaxing your body when your mind is tense.

6. Escape to your happy place.

Different Ways Of Relaxing

Your happy place could be a certain place in your house, a place in your town, or place where you do a favorite hobby. Wherever it is, when you find yourself reaching your limit and in the need for relaxation - go there. Even if just for 10 minutes.

7. Brainstorm gratitude.

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Deliberately noting things that make you grateful during the day can help you to feel more relaxed and at peace. If you find you can't ease yourself or your mind during the day, take 5 minutes and write down 5 things you are grateful for.

8. Call a friend or grab your pet.

High Maintenance Relationships

The company and affection of another being whether your mate, a friend, or a pet can make you feel more relaxed and comfortable. Taking 10 minutes to call a friend to chat or vent can help take other things off your mind. 

9. Take something off your to-do list.

Don't Try To Do Too Much

Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure by putting too many things on our to-do lists. Try eliminating one or two things that aren't necessary right away. Also, consider the "3-Day To-Do List" versus the "1-Day To-Do List." Spacing your list over the course of three days will give you more time to complete your tasks and also help you to feel less pressured or disappointed when you don't get everything done in one day.

10. Go outside.

Continue To Spend Quality Time

It's amazing what the great outdoors can do for your relaxation. Even if you just step outside for a few minutes, the fresh air (and maybe even sunshine) can do you some good. Even just the change of scenery can get you more relaxed immediately.

How do you decompress, relax, take your mind off cancer? Are you an expert or do you still have a long way to go? Feel free to share your ideas below so others can learn from you!

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