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    What are some effective "stress busters?" that help you get through your most stressful days?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Thursday, July 5, 2012

    What are some effective "stress busters?" that help you get through your most stressful days?

    Wouldn't it be great to put together a comprehensive list of tips to help manage stress from dealing with cancer? Please add your tips below. Thanks!

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      For me it is meditation/visualization. I actually discovered this by accident. Any kind of scan is really boring and you have to hold still for what seems like an eternity, making it very stressful. To get through PET, CT, MRI, daily radiation treatments, etc. I just closed my eyes, focused on my breathing, and let my mind wander. This made it much easier to keep still and make the time go by. As an added bonus, I often ended up visualizing a project or solving a problem. So now I do this consciously at other times when I feel stressed, can't fall asleep, or just need a few minutes break from what I am doing.

      almost 9 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      Deep Breathing - Reiki
      Hit that pedal! - Go Hill Bike Riding
      Drop your stomach to WhatNext
      and... yes, online shopping!

      almost 9 years ago
    • carrie14's Avatar

      Prayer is what helps me the most. I find much comfort in knowing that He loves me and is in control of my situation. I also reach out to loved ones because I know they will love me back. I will also listen to music or read a book. It helps me to "get lost" in something to distract my mind if only for a bit. Then there's always chocolate or some sweet treat!! :)

      almost 9 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I have two stress busters depending if my stress is making me feel tense or down. For when I am feeling down and overwhelmed, a short walk always does the trick. Even when I am at work in the city, just walking a few blocks around my office makes me feel better. When I'm tense from stress, rock and roll (Bruce, of course) played loudly really helps. Within a song or two, I'm singing along and I feel myself relax.

      almost 9 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      it may sound strange and simple, but listening to a certain classic rock station on my way home from work. I Relax and troubles seem to melt. Don't know why, but it works for me.

      almost 9 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      There is only one thing that helps relieve the stress for me and that is swimming. I am fortunate to have a pool in the complex where I live and not many of the residents use it so I can get a great workout swimming laps. I turn on the radio to my favorite station and hit the water. I can put everything out of my mind when I swim my laps.

      almost 9 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Physical activity - walking, cycling, kayaking are the best, because they leave me alone with my thoughts, and give me time to work through them.

      almost 9 years ago
    • AbbysMom's Avatar

      Deep breathing, visualization and meditation are helping loads. I also love to listen to Hawaiian music and generally, my ipod - it's all music I love of course and singing out loud in the car calms me. Walking can work but the numbness I've been having in my toes makes me a little tense over fear of falling so I like to be with someone when I do.

      almost 9 years ago
    • akristine's Avatar

      Warm water exercise, meditation, positive visualization, prayer, and watching comedians/comediennes/comics on YouTube always seem to help me. Try Eddie Izzard for one of my favorites. I also saw my first opera "Attila" and my second "The Magic Flute" which had me out for the evening dressed up in clothing I haven't worn in years. It was lovely.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Praying and crocheting and being with caring family and friends especially my husband helped. Exercise normally would help me with stress but I wasn't up to exercising when I was actively going through cancer treatments and not much for 9 months afterward except for swimming. I had problems with my balance when walking more than short distances.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Bashiemn's Avatar

      On my most stressful days I reached out to a penpal/friend in another state via email, whom I had met on Whatnext.com, and vented and virtually cried on her shoulder. She and I have been going through similar journeys and have been helping each other every step of the way.

      almost 9 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      Karen, I wrote an article about all the things that helped me - here's the link: http://marnieclark.com/10-anxiety-busters-for-breast-cancer-patients/ . I tend to be a list maker anyway, so I made up a list of these things and had them in a prominent place because when you get stressed out, you can forget that there are things you can do to help yourself out of it! My number one favorite thing for stress is massage.

      almost 9 years ago
    • SunnyDay's Avatar

      I recommend the book "GoodGreif" by Granger Westberg
      It is only a out 60 pages long and has saved my sanity and life.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I sleep or go to the gym if I have the energy. Chemo socks it out of you but some days are better than others. I also write a blog.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar

      I find that getting out of the house and not being alone helps.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar

      I'm a total XXX (computer tech) so gaming is my thing! Losing yourself in a MMORG takes you away from whatever reality is kicking your butt. Digital dragon slaying while my body kicks Cancer's butt is a win/win situation! Other favorite past times are surfing the web, working on computers, reading books, watching movies, working in the yard, swimming, walking, playing with the cats and dog and spending time with family.

      almost 9 years ago
    • markmather's Avatar

      Get me a smoothie, first of all. Then my favorite tunes and hanging with my kitty. Reruns of American Pickers kept me nice and calm. Really anything to distract my mind and keep me entertained. Lastly, I would do confidence building exercises whenever I would feel the need. Trying not to complain also seemed to help or at least not make things worse.

      almost 9 years ago

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