Breast Cancer: Finding the Silver Lining
Being diagnosed with cancer and having the pressure of being treated is stressful. All this stress can make your health deteriorate even more.
Are you worried about treatment, recurrence, or having anxiety attacks? Mental health awareness is the key to a healthy life. This piece of information can help you cope with your mental stress.
Now is the time to recognize women affected by breast cancer and raise awareness about breast cancer prevention. Following tips will help you overcome your fears.
Visit a Mental Health Professional.
Breast cancer diagnosis can bring some severe mental health problems. With breast cancer, women may cut back on their nutrition. They may also suffer from sleep problems. Some may also withdraw from friends and family. It is so depressing that it can lead to clinical depression, which creates difficulty for them to make adjustments. Some might become so disheartened that they even refuse to go to their radiation or chemo appointments.
Therefore having mental health awareness and maintaining mental health is essential for fighting with a disease. If you think you are going through mental stress that is making you weak, a licensed psychologist or mental health professional can help you. Their primary goal is to help you learn how to cope with the emotional and physical lifestyle changes. As well as with the treatments you might be taking that are traumatic and painful. They also help you deal with the partner’s response, how to explain to your children about your disease and reaction to your condition.
Mental health awareness helps a lot. Psychologists can also help partners manage their emotions while dealing with the patients. Children, parents, and friends involved in caretaking can also benefit from psychological interventions.
Planning Financial Aspects:
Financial concerns can be pretty stressful at a time when you are dealing with a disease. People usually do not claim benefits. It can be because they are too embarrassed to ask for financial help, unaware of what they are entitled to, or find the system complicated. Step one to solve this problem is to find someone who is trained to help you with this matter. He must know the terminologies and the ins and outs of the medical and insurance systems. After you get to know about insurance policies, make a rough sketch of your income and expenses. If it is difficult for you to manage the finances, find organizations that can offer help. And if you have enough financial cushion, costs or expenses may vary with time. Therefore looking for assistance can keep you from the stress of having financial regrets.
Be Open About Your Disease
Breast cancer diagnosis is different for everyone. Some find it comfortable to connect with family and friends, but some choose to get quiet and be secretive about their disease. Keeping it private helps them not to deal with stigmas and avoid being labeled as sick. But it is essential to have someone by your side at your tough time. Without the support of family and friends, the breast cancer journey can be isolating and depressive.
Remember, there is no shame in having breast cancer. Accepting and recognizing it can help you and others to deal with the disease effectively.
Join A Support Group
Support groups are the ones that connect people with similar life situations. They help them meet regularly online, in person, or by telephone to share their concerns about the disease, its treatment, managing relationships, and much more. A support group is a safe place to talk about your feelings and exchange ideas. Social groups promote mental health awareness activities that help you a lot.
Some of the main benefits of joining a support group can be, connecting to people, getting useful information and tips from the survivors. Social support and having supportive friends or partners can increase breast cancer survivors’ overall wellbeing.
Physical activity has always benefited people going through health issues. Doctors recommend breast cancer patients to practice low impact exercises during treatment. This does not mean you have to go to expensive gyms. It can include any physical activity that suits your body type. It can be yoga, dancing, walking, tai chi, or pilates. Exercise helps them reduce fatigue and regain strength for further treatment. It reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke, helps reduce stress, depression, and may reduce the risk of recurrence. Let go of the thoughts that make you feel sick and allow positive thoughts to flow.
Before starting any exercise, you must visit a GP or your health professional.
Proper nutrition is vital for everyone. Especially if you are undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy, radiotherapy, or any other breast cancer treatment. No food is a “magic bullet.” Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods which fulfills the requirement of your body. Start with making a balanced meal plan that must have fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Avoid eating high carb or fat diet. It will also help you maintain your body weight. Studies have suggested that overweight and obese people are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer because their body has increased levels of estrogen.
Prioritizing mental health can be lifesaving. A breast cancer diagnosis can affect psychological functioning, which in turn can impair physical health. Why leave it to be that way. Take a step for yourself, seek help from a mental health expert. You use your mind-body connection to improve both psychological and physical health. Let us raise our voices for mental health awareness.