Boost your Self Esteem after a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Dealing with a Breast Cancer diagnosis can have a huge impact on your confidence and self-esteem. But there are some simple ways to keep your mental and physical health in shape while undergoing treatment.
Cut yourself some slack
Okay, first things first. A cancer diagnosis is tough. It’s overwhelming on both your physical and mental health. So, expect to hit some low periods. However, don’t forget that this is normal. Tough times will come but giving yourself a hard time for feeling low won’t help. Be mindful of the fact that you’re going to be riding a bit of a wave and try to show yourself nothing but compassion. Self-care and positivity will get you a long way.
Set yourself a challenge
With so much focus on your diagnosis, treatment schedules and the changes to your body it can be difficult to imagine putting your mind to a project that doesn’t involve the Big C. But setting yourself a small challenge to focus on can be a fantastic way to keep your mind active and engaged. How about taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill? Your mental health will thank you and you’ll give yourself an opportunity to congratulate yourself for something you’ve achieved.
Look after yourself
It goes without saying that you should focus on eating as well as you can. Seek out good advice on nutrition and exercise regularly – even just a brisk walk will help. The connection between physical wellbeing and good mental health is proven, so take any opportunity you can to get outdoors, breathe in some fresh air and get those endorphins flowing.
Get support when you need it
There are so many fantastic charities and organisations who are ready and willing to help you through this. Why not reach out on social media to others in the same situation? Or look for local support groups, some of which might be run within your own treatment centre. Don’t forget that your nursing/consulting team and GP will be able to put you in touch with local counselling and psychology services too.
This week’s blog is inspired by the fabulous people over at Breast Cancer Care – a community of nurses, volunteers and people affected by breast cancer who’re working to make sure everyone diagnosed with breast cancer gets the support they deserve.
Here you can read their full article on life after a breast cancer diagnosis.
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