It’s normal for many cancer survivors to feel anxious about their diagnosis, treatment and the potential for recurrence. These strategies can help patients cope with feelings of anxiety around cancer.
- Be aware that you don’t have control over some aspects of your cancer. Accepting this thought is one way to ease your emotions.
- Express your feelings of fear with a trusted friend or counselor. Being open about your feelings may help you feel less worried.
- Observe your fearful thoughts, but don’t judge them. Practice letting them go. Some people picture their worries floating away or turn to a higher power for help in handling them.
- Try to live in the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling in the past. If there’s a way you can find to be at peace within yourself, even for a few minutes a day, you’re likely to feel less stressed.
- Use your energy to focus on wellness and what you can do to stay as healthy as possible.
- Think about ways you can relax, such as relaxation exercises, yoga or short meditations and remove unneeded stressors from your life, if you can.
- Exercise and be as active as you can; it will help you feel more fit and lift your spirits.