Go for a Massage: Gentle or deep kneading on sore muscles can help ease pain and stress. Check with your doctor first. Massage isn’t for everyone. Then find a licensed massage therapist who knows how to work with people that have cancer.
This traditional Chinese treatment dates back thousands of years. A practitioner will stick-thin needles into specific spots in your skin. It sounds scary, but it may help ease nausea and even relieve some types of cancer-related pain. Be careful if you’re on blood thinners or have a low blood count.
Got nausea? Certain smells may ease your stomach. You can see someone trained in aromatherapy, drop scent-infused oils into your bath water, or diffuse them into the air in your home. Some massage therapists use scented oils as part of their treatment for pain/nausea/stress combo relief.
Face Your Finances
The cost of cancer care can be more than you planned for. Learn as much as you can before you start treatment so you know what to expect. You may want to find a financial counselor or advocate who can help you figure out your options and come up with a plan.
It’s a fact: Music lifts your mood. But did you know it can help with cancer treatment side effects? Trained music therapists can guide you through listening to songs, writing lyrics, playing an instrument, or just listening to help control nausea, vomiting, and pain.
Get Your ZZZs
Cancer can really mess with your sleep. Getting good shut-eye plays a huge role in both your physical and emotional health. So if you can’t nod off, you need to do something about it. A doctor can help figure out what’s to blame and suggest some fixes. You might try relaxation techniques, working on your sleep habits, therapy, or even medication.
Stay Well Groomed
Shave. Take a bath. Put on some clean, comfy clothes. These simple things can all help you feel more like yourself. Keeping up with your hygiene is an important part of your health. It can help give you a sense of control and lift your spirits.
Join Up: A cancer support group can ease worry and depression about your diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if you meet online or in person. Getting to know other people who have cancer gives you a safe place to share your stress and helps you feel less alone 🙂 🙂