Tackling stress post-chemotherapy Mesothelioma

Chemotherapy can be an exhausting experience for most mesothelioma patients, most of the anti-cancer drugs have horrible side effects you will experience during therapy. The following steps will help you overcome the stress of chemotherapy:

-Focus on your treatment goals in your mind. This will help you keep a positive attitude in the days when the going gets rough.

-Try and eat good food, although small and moderate amounts, your body needs all food nutrients necessary for rebuilding tissue and stay strong.

-Learn as much as you want to know about mesothelioma cancer and its treatment. This will help you to cope better with the fear of the unknown and increase feelings of control.

-Keep a journal or diary while you're being treated. A note about the activities and thoughts can help you understand the feelings you have as you go through treatment. It can also help you highlight the questions you should ask your doctor or nurse. You can also use the journal to record side effects. This will help you when you talk about them with doctors and nurses. You can write the steps you take to overcome the side effects and how the steps work fine too. That way, you will know how to work the best for you if you have the same side effects again.

-Do not push yourself physically, you have to do things the easy because your strength will be depleted by the effects of powerful drugs that we use, so try to get as much rest as possible. Let the little things slide and just do the things most important to you.

-Try a new hobby and learn new skills.

-Exercise if you can and if your doctor says you can. Exercise helps to make you feel better about yourself, helps you get rid of tension or anger, and build your appetite.

-Plan how to cope with stress and relax. There are simple techniques that you can practice that can help you cope with stress and help you relax. You should discuss with your doctor before you start using these techniques, especially if you have lung problems.
These are some techniques that can help you cope with stress and relax:

Lying in a quiet room.

Take a slow, deep breaths.

When you breathe in, tense muscles or muscle groups. For example, clench your teeth or stiff arms or legs.

Keep your muscles tense for a second or 2 while holding my breath.

Then breathe out, release tension, and let your body relax completely.

Repeat the process with another muscle or muscle group.
Another way to do this is called progressive relaxation. You work your way your body starts with the toes of one foot. The contract then relax all the muscles of the leg. Do the same with the other foot. Work your way to your body, the contractor and then relax each muscle group in your body, including the neck and your face. Remember to hold your breath while briefly to contract muscles and to breathe when it releases tension.

Respiratory rhythm:

Get a comfortable position and relax all your muscles.

Close your eyes or focus on distant objects if you prefer to keep them open.

Breathe in and out slowly and comfortably through the nose. If you like, keep the rhythm steady by saying to yourself, "In, one, two. Out, one, two."

Feel yourself relax and loose every time you breathe out.

You can continue only for a few seconds or up to 10 minutes.

Other forms of relaxation techniques that you can use, including biofeedback, distraction, mental picture, visualization and hypnosis.


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