“You have cancer” can be the most isolating moment of someone’s life.
Especially now during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as many of us are practicing self-quarantine and social distancing, taking care of your mental and emotional health as a cancer patient, survivor, caregiver or loved one is incredibly important.
The American Cancer Society has provided ways for maintaining your mental, emotional and physical health during these challenging times.
- Spend time with family and friends virtually. While you are social-distancing, this may mean more texts and phone calls, experimenting with video calling, sending an email or e-card or joining online support groups.
- Go outside when you can, get regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet.
- Get plenty of sleep. Try out books, websites, apps and videos that can help you relax.
- Find ways that help you laugh, like talking with other upbeat people, playing games and watching movies.
- Do things you’ve wanted to do at home, like de-cluttering, trying new recipes, or reorganizing cupboards and closets.
- Focus on your spiritual side by reading, participating in online discussions, or communing with nature, journaling, meditating or creating art.