Helpful Tips for Staying Relaxed

While taking care of yourself physically will be your primary focus as you deal with your illness, it is important to nurture your mind and spirit as well.  Here are some tips that women have found to be helpful for becoming relaxed and feeling prepared for decision-making and treatment:

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 
  • Eat foods that satisfy you.  Freezing meals and preparing snacks ahead of time will come in handy when you are too tired to cook.
  • Look for sources of laughter and comfort in movies, television, and uplifting books. Nurture your spirit with nice, long baths, visual art, poetry, decadent desserts, music – whatever sustains you.
  • You may want to bring along a book, magazine and/or your digital device with headphones to the waiting room.
  • Ask your health care provider about relaxation techniques.
  • Consider joining a breast cancer support group.  You can call BCAction at 877-2STOPBC for local support groups.  Be willing to try a few groups until you find the ones you’re comfortable with, if the first one does not feel right.   You can often find specific groups for young women, mothers, women of color, lesbians, etc.

 

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