newnormal

I’m Not The Same!

Going through a journey like breast cancer changes you for life. Your outlook, values, and character take into the experiences you had on your journey. This alters the way you think, respond, and behave in all relationships and situations. It gives a new fresh look at things that used to annoy you. It gives a new look at things you thought you loved. While also changing what you will tolerate. Your experience reveals the fighter you are. That is how I know you will be successful!

Your “New Normal” Has Cause Several Changes

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Changes to physical appearance
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Changes to behavioral limits
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Changes to emotional experience

Lifestyle Changes

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Suitable Housing
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Income
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Intimacy

Not only must you cope with the side-effects of your cancer medication, but you also have to cope and bear all the changes that your “new normal” brings. Here are some suggestions provided a combination of overlapping tips from myself, my oncologist, the Mayo Clinic, and the CDC.

1 ) Develop a routine so that you’re physically active most days of the week. Exercise is a powerful stress reducer. It can improve your mood and help you stay healthy. Start out slowly, and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your activities.

2 ) Avoid alcohol and recreational drugs.
These substances can cause or worsen anxiety.

3) Quit smoking and cut back or quit drinking caffeinated beverages.
Nicotine and caffeine can worsen anxiety.

4) Use stress management and relaxation techniques (see post 7)
Visualization techniques, take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, or practicing yoga are examples of relaxation techniques that can ease anxiety.

5) Make sleep a priority. If you aren’t sleeping well, talk with your health care provider.

6) Eat healthy foods.

7) Stick to your treatment plan.
Take medications as directed. Keep therapy appointments and complete any assignments your therapist gives

8) Identify triggers.
Learn what situations or actions cause you stress or increase your anxiety. Employ strategies you learned in post #7

9) Socialize.

10) Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. Consider limiting news to just a couple of times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.

11) Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy and give yourself a break if you feel stressed out.

Just like you have Adjusted to every Adversity in your Life
You Will Adjust to your “New Normal!”