10 Ways to Improve Your Mood When You Have Breast CancerThe Breast Cancer Site
After a breast cancer diagnosis, a range of negative emotions may overcome you, including self-pity and hopelessness. You may ask yourself, “Why me?” or “What did I do to deserve this?” Go ahead and acknowledge the shock, anger, and fear that accompany breast cancer. Sometimes sadness creeps up on you, and one of the most effective ways to deal with it is to identify it, and then decide how to handle it. When you recognize the problem, you can short-circuit habitual distress and replace it with more positive feelings. While it may be difficult to stay positive, trying to keep your spirits up can help you get through treatment by reducing stress. When you’re feeling down and need a pick-me-up, here are some things you can do to develop a more positive attitude.
10. Encourage Yourself Visually
Sometimes, what you see is simply what you get, so start a project to create tools of visual encouragement like a dream wall. Sort through photos, scrapbooks, drawers, and boxes to find your favorite memories that you can use to make your own wall of inspiration. Savor each memory as you handle the objects and affirm wanting to feel that way again. If you see pictures in magazines that depict what you want to do in the future, put those on your dream wall as well. Let your wall inspire you.
9. Break Life Down Into Small Steps
Look at life as a series of small steps that can get you where you want to go. Determine what it is you want to do and follow the necessary steps to get there. Maybe you planned to publish a coffee-table book, which seems like a broken dream after a breast cancer diagnosis. While it’s a big undertaking, don’t dismiss the effort and energy you’ve already put into that dream. Start by taking some of the great photographs you wanted to include in the book, and just enjoy the camera again, one snap at a time.
8. Nurture Another Living Thing
Even when you can’t take care of your whole family or manage the universe like you used to do, others still need you. There are still things you can do while your loved ones may be helping out around the house. Find a plant or a small pet that you can nurture. Taking care of a furry friend or maintaining healthy, beautiful plants can boost your mood and help you feel empowered. A better mood equates to a happier you, and it helps you create a healthier environment overall.
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