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    What can you do to relieve stress and anxiety?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    What can you do to relieve stress and anxiety?

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    • lovekitties' Avatar

      Stress, anxiety and fear are a part of life, but more so for those with a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones. I try to face all three by asking the question “Is there anything in my power to do which will eliminate the issue?” If there is, then I make a plan. If there isn’t, then I must wait to see what develops from the issue. I try to remember that for every minute I spend being stressed, anxious or fearful about my diagnosis, cancer has stolen that time. Being the strong minded person that I am, I try not to let it happen too often.

      I have found that being busy, both mentally and physically, helps a lot. They leave little time for the “what if’s” and the “should have’s”, “could have’s”.

      I have found that reaching out to others who are new to this cancer journey helps too. Because if there is one thing that I can say which has a positive impact on one person, then my journey is not in vain.

      I have found that whatever I can do to feel “in control” of my life also helps. It may be something as small as determining how to spend the day or as big as what plan I have for dealing with cancer. Part of being in control, is being as informed as possible about my choices.

      over 9 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      What I do to handle stress and anxiety has changed over the course of the past 3 1/2 years. My first reaction to the stress of diagnosis, surgery and chemo was to "be strong." I thought I was that tough. Once constant, throughout this time, has been a couple of good friends with whom I can share anything.

      About midway through rads, I started falling apart. I was weak and exhausted and painfully anxious. I began taking antidepressants and Xanax and going to meditation and yoga classes through my cancer center. I swam almost daily. I also tried aromatherapy.

      The anxiety and depression spiraled downward and a month after finishing rads I was hospitalized for two days and given LOTS of Xanax. I slept and slept. I began seeing different therapists, as the first ones I saw didn't suit me. I finally settled with a therapist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner and got the counseling and medication I needed at the time. I continued Yoga and listening to meditation tapes. Listening to music also helped me release emotions.

      It took at least a good two years of counseling, medication, exercise, good diet, shopping (yes, retail therapy!), and staying active with friends and family before I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

      The anxiety and depression have finally melted away. I still exercise regularly (swim or walk), practice Yoga, and try to take good care of myself. I haven't meditated much lately, but I believe that it too is a good practice for anyone. Now, when I begin to feel stressed or anxious, I automatically check my breathing. Remember to breathe! : )

      over 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      Aside from NOT getting cancer in the first place, I have found that doing the things that I love doing does an awful lot to help me relief the stresses that come with cancer. When I was first diagnosed in 2004 I soon started kayaking daily. It was a very peaceful exercise that I still enjoy although I do not get out as often as I'd like to. It's not because I can't, I just haven't made the time. I enjoying swimming so I do that almost daily in the summer. I also enjoy hiking so I do that as often as I can. I've always enjoyed playing guitar so I got more involved with that. The same goes for photography. Spending time with my kids goes without saying. I don't seem to do too many new things but i get more out of "the things that I used to do" as the blues song goes.

      over 9 years ago
    • Clementine_P's Avatar

      For me keeping busy has always helped me with stress and helps me keep my mind away from cancer. A few weeks after my treatment ended I went back to work full time. My job is very demanding (12-15 hour days) and while I would rather have had a year to sit on the beach to recuperate, I recognize that getting back to my busy schedule was good for my state of mind. Also, I have always in my life used exercise as a way of keeping my stress levels in check. All during chemo, I walked as much as I could (probably 40-50 miles a week). Before chemo I was very active physically and now, a year out of treatment, I am right back to being physically active. I run, walk, ride bikes, and workout at the gym several times a week. The workouts themselves help me "turn off my brain" and give me stress relief. Feeling like my body is strong and in shape helps me feel like I have a step up on cancer. Plus, in terms of body image, feeling as though I am in shape helps tremendously as well.

      over 9 years ago
    • BrandenC's Avatar

      A mixture of green tea and studying. Also the occasional drink with my friends. Study because it helps keep my mind on something else. Tea because it helps me relax/sleep when I get home.

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      pray again............

      you r human cancer is scary it is ok to let the g uard down and freak once in awhile... today is my 3 year of hearing thme nasty words...
      I freak about a week before my appointments.. it is natural..
      I cried lastnight omg what if??? what if it came back?? what if it is still gone??? we CAN NOT live in fear
      When i feel the f reak coming on do something.blast music call a friend sometime I have a pitty party and just sit and cry. then i pull myself together and move forward.
      as long as we keep moving forward that is good...
      as peter pan and tinkerbell say find your happy thought and go with it....
      but do not feel bad cus your cried....

      over 9 years ago

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