When you are fighting cancer, it means that a lot of your time is spent getting treatments, such as chemo. It can also mean a lot of time being sick or in bed. This fight and the resulting symptoms can be draining not only physically, but emotionally as well. You may not even feel like yourself. But during this time, it is important to rest and practice self care, which can help you feel better and maybe even a little more like yourself.
Have a Chemo Recovery Kit
Chemo is tough on the body and spirit so create a recovery kit for yourself. Include unscented lotion, ginger sodas, saltine crackers, a good water bottle, a soft toothbrush, plenty of soft facial tissues for your runny nose. Keep handy items to keep you warm such as a cozy blanket, fuzzy socks, loose and soft pajamas, a hat and scarf. When you take care of these physical aspects of the symptoms from chemo, you will feel a little better.
Enjoy Quiet Time
Quiet time could just be enjoying a quieter activity, such as reading or listening to a podcast. You might also consider meditation or just thinking calmly and focusing on an uplifting, positive mantra. It’s important to feel calm as you heal. Anxiety and worry can actually slow down your healing. Just focus on one day at a time and be present in the moment.
Start a Journal
Writing down your feelings can be extremely helpful. Journaling can help you work through any emotions you may be experiencing, help to ease a worried mind and lower stress levels. If you can’t write, try typing. If you are unable to even do that, consider starting a voice memo journal. There are plenty of apps for your smartphone that help you to create and store voice memos.
Binge Your Favorite Shows or Movies
Indulge yourself by binging your favorite TV shows or movies. It’s a great sedentary activity for times when you just can’t get out of bed or off the sofa. Plus, it can take your mind off of any worries and stress you may have!
Don’t feel guilty about sleeping more than you usually do after a chemo treatment. Sleep is an incredibly important part of the healing process and can help to calm a worried mind.
Enjoy the Outdoors
If you have the energy and it is a nice day, consider sitting outside on your porch or taking a short walk to enjoy some fresh air. Simply taking a few moments to enjoy nature can lift your mood when you need it. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and wear a hat to shade your face from the sun.
Spend Time with Those You Love
Don’t feel bad about saying no to someone or something if you don’t have the energy, but when you do, make sure to spend time with those you love most. Social interaction is important to our mental health, boosts our mood and makes us feel connected. And it is at these times when you will need to lean on your family and friends most. If you are immune compromised and need to limit your exposure, try connecting over a phone call or video call.