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Five Things Friday: Tips to Lessen Stress and Anxiety

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Tips to Lessen Stress and Anxiety with Breast Cancer

  1. Surround yourself with positive people. Now is the time to remove “toxic” people from your life.
  2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sleep well, eat well, and exercise, even when you don’t feel like it. Go for a walk, do some stretches, or go for a bike ride.
  3. Ask your doctor about trying a complementary therapy like acupuncture or yoga.
  4. Write your thoughts and feelings in a notebook or online journal. Send it to people who want to know how you’re doing so you don’t have to say the same things over and over again
  5. Take an art class or adult education class to absorb yourself in something unrelated to breast cancer.
  6. Keep a schedule: either your regular one or a new one. Keep up with your normal activities as much as possible.
  7. Wear clothes and makeup that make you feel comfortable and good about yourself. You will feel better, and people may compliment you.
  8. Get professional help if you want it. See a family therapist with you children; see a social worker, counselor, or psychotherapist.
  9. Volunteer for a breast cancer organization or another nonprofit group unrelated to cancer.
  10. Find and talk with others who have had breast cancer, either through friends, your hospital, or resources like LBBC’s Breast Cancer Helpline ((888) 753-5222 or at lbbc.org/helpline).

We would like to thank Living Beyond Breast Cancer for sharing this important information.

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