Men­tal health check

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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

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