A cancer diagnosis delivers a devastating blow physically and emotionally—without warning you’re free falling
Your mind races and the wind is knocked out of you. In a New York minute, you find yourself in a heartbreaking tailspin and the life you have dreamed of is suddenly gone.
Just because you have cancer does not mean you have lost control of your life. Learn as much as you can about your cancer; ask questions and don’t be afraid to say something when you don’t understand.
Empowering yourself with information, here are three essential ways to love your body and thrive when faced with cancer.
Explore a healthier diet, letting food be your medicine.
Radiation, chemotherapy, and other cancer treatments will take a toll on your body. Making nutritious food choices when undergoing cancer regimens can help you feel better and aid in your recovery.
A common side effect of cancer treatments is a lack of appetite—some therapies can even make the taste of food unpleasant. And while you may not feel like eating, it’s crucial that you get adequate nutrition.
What you fuel your body with plays a critical role in the proper functioning of every system it maintains. Keep in mind that every living cell in your body is made from what you eat and drink. Learn how to develop a healthy eating plan for everyday because food is not just calories, it is information; it talks to your DNA and tells it what to do.
If you have questions about what foods are right for you, talk to your doctor about meeting with a dietitian. It’s important to be your own healthcare advocate. Listen and learn from the specialists in order to be the strongest, healthiest version of you when you’re battling cancer.
At one time, people being treated for cancer were often told to rest and reduce physical activity. And while this is good advice for some if movement causes physiological complications, research has shown that exercise can improve how you feel and your overall quality of life.
Lengthy periods of inactivity can lead to muscle weakness and reduced range of motion. Cancer care teams are recognizing the value of physical activity during cancer treatments. They are urging their patients to incorporate moderate exercise programs to strengthen their health and wellness.
Exercise reinforces several qualities of life factors in cancer patients and survivors by improving cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, body composition, fatigue, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and happiness.
To safely begin or maintain an exercise program be sure to consult your doctor first. They may recommend working with an exercise specialist, physical therapist, or exercise physiologist.
Specially trained professionals can help determine the type of exercise that’s safe for you. Taking into account what you already do and what you like to do, they can tailor a program to meet your interests and needs. The key is keeping it simple and fun.
Rising to the occasion when coping with cancer isn’t easy.
You must direct your attention on building mental strength and fortitude; begin to feel better despite your medical problems by discovering the ways mindful meditation helps cancer patients.
Mindful meditation means being and living in the present moment; taking time to become aware of your surrounding environment. Your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations are in tune with what’s happening around you on purpose.
A fundamental component of mindfulness involves acceptance; give yourself the choice of what you are bringing to mind. This means that you must consciously pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling at any given time instead of allowing your mind to rehash your past or imagine the future.
You must work diligently to alter your mindset and live in the present moment. A yoga for cancer practitioner is trained to help you surrender to what lies before you. They can guide you through the emotional and physical health hurdles you face and help you create positive energy.
There’s absolutely no way to sugarcoat it—being blindsided by a cancer diagnosis is crushing and will take time to process. Even if you feel a little out of control, there are ways you can take charge of your day to day life.
Patients who arm themselves with information typically fare better and experience fewer side effects than those who simply follow doctors’ orders, no questions asked.
By being informed and incorporating these three essential ways to love your body and thrive when faced with cancer you will gain control over your disease and feel empowered in the healing process.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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