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These tips may help you deal with your emotional care during treatment and recovery.

Coping Skills

  • Know What to Expect. Find out all you can about your cancer.
  • Have A Support System. Consider a formal support group in addition to friends and family.
  • Stay Active. Stay involved in activities you enjoy and keep busy indoors and out, but remember to relax, rest and eat often.
  • Be Proactive. Be active in your treatment process.
  • Set Reasonable Goals. Try to gain control with a sense of purpose and set small goals one at a time.
  • Take Time to Heal. Find things that bring you joy and look for a connection to something greater than yourself.

Get Up and Move

  • Walk, stretch and get more physical activity.
  • You may exercise 10-30 minutes on most days.
  • Always check with your health care team before restarting exercise.

Practice Stress Management

  • Try meditation or deep breathing.
  • Take a yoga class. Practice stretching.
  • Consider acupuncture or Reiki.
  • Get a massage.

Sleep at Night

  • Sleep in a dark room. No lights or television.
  • Aim to sleep 7-8 hours per night.
  • Nap during the day if you need to, but limit nap time to 20 minutes.
  • Sleep in a calm, relaxing place.

Avoid Toxins

  • Don't smoke. Stay away from second-hand smoke.
  • Limit exposure to dry cleaning, new carpet or furniture, and paint.
  • Use vinegar or chemical-free household cleaners.
  • Limit UV light exposure (sun) to 10 minutes, three times per day