Anxiety is normal when handed the diagnosis of cancer. If anxiety takes over, and you find yourself grinding your teeth, worrying, not sleeping, it’s time to let anxiety know YOU are in control. Here are some ideas to help:
- Exercise daily. If you’re movin’ your body, it’s exercise.
- Chair yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, stretching, walking.
- Meditation. If you don’t know how, try various methods. Consciously focus on your breath. Not changing it. Just being aware. Another type of meditation can be done by focusing visually on something – a candle, flower, any one thing. You can do a walking meditation – even washing dishes can become a meditation. The idea is to be present in whatever you are doing when you re doing it.
- Breathe deeply. Do it consciously. Breathe deeply while you’re driving, shopping, and on the computer. Just keep doing it.
- Join a support group – as a patient, or caregiver.
- You may choose to talk with your doctor about anti-anxiety medication, or counseling.
- Communicate what’s on your mind with those you love. They may be anxious, too.
- If you have a spiritual group, lean into them. If you don’t have one, and want one, begin talking with people. You may find like-minded souls.
- Read things other than cancer related material.
- Travel, or comedy, DVDs. Stay away from dramas with people dying of cancer, arguments, etc.
- Journal. If you can take action on something that comes up—do it. If you have no control over it, then the control is in your perception and attitude.
Again. Breathe deep.