Cancer does a number on the body, but that’s not all it does. A life-altering diagnosis like cancer has a dramatic effect on your emotional well-being. Wrapping your head around the fact that you have a condition with no foolproof cure is scary. Although you hope to beat cancer and live a long, happy life, your mind takes you through an emotional rollercoaster that’s hard to get off.

While it’s natural to feel an array of emotions when you receive a cancer diagnosis, allowing these emotions to overwhelm you can have adverse effects. It impacts your emotional health, which complicates your ability to fight and recover.

People that chose not to deal with the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis suffer other consequences. They suffer from chronic stress, anxiety, and depression, isolate themselves, give up on life, and turn to substances to cope. Understanding that this isn’t an effective way to get through this challenging experience, you must do something about it. Continue reading for ways to cope.

Allow Yourself To Feel

Holding in your emotions can harm your health. So, allow yourself to let out what you’re feeling constructively. You can vent to someone close, punch a pillow, break glass (in a safe environment), write in a journal, or simply cry when you feel the need.

Learn The Facts

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about cancer and treatments. Before you allow the internet and false representatives to fill your head with nonsense that will exacerbate your emotions, learn the facts.

Talk to your doctor or a cancer expert about your conditions. If they suggest surgery or chemotherapy, don’t be afraid to ask about alternatives like bemer therapy. Find out what your odds are and tips you can try to improve those odds. Hearing it from a reliable source can help to calm those emotions when they get out of hand.

Develop A Plan

Sometimes your emotions get out of hand when you have no control over the situation. While you can’t magically change your diagnosis, you can gain some control by developing a plan. Evaluate your treatment options, decide which is best for you, then create a plan to ensure you have support, resources, and tools along the way. Although the hope is to live, you can also add peace of mind by getting your affairs in order. Knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of should you lose your fight to cancer can ease some anxiety.

Enlist Support

Now is not the time to isolate yourself from those closest to you. Your friends and family are the foundation of the support system you’ll need to get through this. So, once you’re ready, let others know about your diagnosis and ask for their assistance. Whether it’s just a shoulder to cry on or someone to hold your hand during doctor’s appointments, it’s good to have people you know in your corner.

Live Life (As Best You Can)

Yes, you’re going through a lot right now and cancer is a serious condition, but you’re still here. Focusing too much on the worst-case scenario can exacerbate your symptoms and emotional overwhelm. The best thing you can do is continue living life. Once you’ve decided on a treatment, developed a plan, and enlisted support, spend whatever time you can enjoying life. Spend time with loved ones, indulge in hobbies, travel, and do things that ease your frustrations. It’s those happy moments that will give you the courage to fight when things are difficult.

No matter what kind of cancer you’ve been diagnosed with, it’s a hard pill to swallow. While experiencing negative emotions is a natural response, you can’t allow yourself to remain in that mindset. Allow yourself time to feel, then, use the tips provided above to keep your mental health intact. If you’re having a hard time coping, reach out to a mental health professional for further guidance.

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