Mental health check
YESTERDAY was World Mental Health Day (October 10). Many cancer patients experience emotional distress, so CCQ CEO Chris McMillan is encouraging Queenslanders affected by the disease to seek the help and support they deserve. There are many ways to cope with a diagnosis and everyone is different, but looking after yourself through the below tips can help.
Keep to the basics. Maintaining a balanced diet to help your body cope, and being physically active regularly, are recommended.
Make time for yourself. Even though life may be busy, make time to do things you enjoy and help you relax as best you can. Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to relax.
Stay connected. Keeping in touch with the world through work, hobbies, or time spent with family and friends may help you see a life outside of cancer and provide a break from your worries.
Talk. It is important to talk about your feelings and what you are experiencing if you want to. Consider talking to a health professional or engaging with a support group.
Sort out issues. A cancer diagnosis may happen in the context of other life stresses. Dealing with other sources of stress, where possible, in your life may help you cope better with the additional burden of cancer treatment.
To find out what might best suit your needs you might like to speak to one of our Cancer Support and Information health professionals by calling Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.
More information is available at www.cancerqld.org.au