How many times in the last few weeks has someone said to you “I’m totally stressed out.” They then proceed, in a jumble of words, with a recitation of all the things they have to do, all the things they think they have to do, and everything else that’s on their mind.
When you then throw breast cancer into the mix, you may find that you feel depressed, overwhelmed or at a loss for what to do in order to calm yourself and your emotions.
Everyone feels stress
Everyone feels stress at this time of year (and some feel it all year long.)
Some types of stress are “good”. Welcoming a new infant into your family. Getting a new job.
Other types of stress are “bad”. Losing a parent. Being diagnosed with a chronic and serious disease. Feeling like you are alone and don’t have a family or friends to support you.
What to do?
First, sit down with your morning cup of tea or coffee and think about your life and your feelings.
Second, make a list of everything you have to do. Prioritize the list. Eliminate things that are not essential. Make a plan for how your day will go.
Third, think about a happy time in your life. Close your eyes and bring up a picture in your mind of how you felt, where you were, who was with you, what is the memory you cherish the most
Fourth, take a brief walk outside and take a series of deep breaths. I know you have a lot to do, but you need to give yourself a break periodically throughout the day.
Fifth, make sure you get enough sleep. After a busy day, your body and your brain need time to recover.
Stress can impact your health
Stress is a risk factor with a documented impact on your neuro-endocrine and immune system. Numerous studies have shown a physical impact on your health.
Remember that you are strong and you can handle anything that comes your way.
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