Keeping Mentally Stimulated During Cancer Treatment
Cancer treatment can be a long and arduous road, particularly for those undergoing an extended course of chemotherapy. Those that have to remain at home – retirees or those medically unable to return to work, for instance – the house can be a sad and lonely place to be. Keeping your chin up and putting a positive spin on things can be a tough ask. It’s important though to remain upbeat. One very effective way of doing this is by keeping you mind stimulated.
Do Something You Enjoy
During cancer treatment, one of the best ways to stimulate your mind is by doing something you enjoy. This doesn’t mean hang-gliding off the Grand Canyon or something equally as radical. Something a little more low-key and low-impact is recommended. This can be reading a book, taking up knitting, or doing a spot of gardening. All are simple, unassuming tasks that you can take a break from if you start getting tired.
Talk With Others
Talking with others can be an excellent way of keeping stimulated during your cancer treatment. Have friends over, go for coffee, or chat on the phone. It doesn’t matter what you talk about, but you’ll find that you soon forget those gloomy feelings. If you do want to talk about cancer, join a support group. This will give you plenty of opportunity to discuss what you have on your mind.
Take Time to Think…But Not Too Hard
Finally, what better way to stimulate your mind than to think? Taking time out to think about your situation and the ins and outs of your cancer treatment can be both therapeutic and rewarding. It’s worth remembering though that it’s easy to get too caught up in your thoughts, which can be demoralizing, and runs the risk of leading to low moods and other mental health problems. Try not to think too hard then.