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9 Wonderful Ways Cancer Patients Can Boost Mental Health

A guest article by Dana Brown www.healthconditions.info

Everyone wants to feel good, and the key to doing so lies in your mental health — if you feel good, you’ll be happy. While some solutions for cancer patients are more effective than others, Healing Cancer Naturally outlines nine wonderful ways to boost your mental health you may not have considered before. Whether you’re looking to overcome depression or anxiety, live with more passion, or gain some clarity on what you really want out of life, there’s something here for everyone.

1. Meditate

Meditation is a simple, free, and effective practice to improve mental health. Think of it as an investment in yourself. Meditating even five minutes per day can make a difference. Healthline points out that there are many types of meditation — find one that suits you.

2. Time in Nature

Time spent in nature reduces stress and helps you relax. So, if you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed due to your cancer diagnosis, try spending some time outdoors. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, make it a priority to step outside for some fresh air. Go for a walk in your neighborhood, or take your dog for a jog at an urban park.

3. Adopt a Service Animal

Speaking of dogs, a support service animal is much more than an attentive companion that can sense your emotions and alert you and others if needed. The American Cancer Society notes that they also provide company and comfort. Before bringing your service dog home to live with you, be sure you’re prepared by having all the necessary products, including food and water dishes, a bed, and toys and treats. Go online first to research the items you need by checking out unbiased and professional reviews so you get the best buy.

4. Plant a Garden

If you’ve never gardened before, get in touch with a local botanical garden. Staff members can guide you through everything from selecting plants suited for your area to cultivating proper techniques for getting them off to a good start. You may be surprised at how easy and rewarding it is once you get started.

5. Volunteer

Volunteering can be a great way to improve your mental health. Volunteering helps you feel productive and fulfilled by helping out other people in need. Plus, if you’re more involved in giving back than worrying about yourself, your mind becomes more positive.

6. Clear Your Space

Keeping a tidy home is essential for many reasons, from your physical health to your sense of happiness. Having a clean and organized home promotes positivity, which is beneficial in personal and professional lives. Take action now to create a more positive, healthy, and healing atmosphere in your home.

7. Help Others

Help others by starting your own charitable organization, which can enhance your own mental health. You can also help others by changing careers and becoming a teacher or nurse. For example, online programs make it easier to obtain your degree in nursing. Plus, these programs are typically more affordable than traditional learning.

8. Avoid Screen Time Before Bedtime

Blue light emitted from electronic devices can disrupt your circadian rhythm, making it harder to sleep. Therefore, try to reduce your use of digital devices 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. Doing so may help you wind down in a calm environment without distraction. 

9. Take Care of Your Skin

Skin care products with natural ingredients feel better than formulations with harsh chemicals. There are many affordable natural skin care products out there. Try switching from chemical brands to natural products made with essential oils.

Improve Your Mental Health

As one living with cancer, maintaining mental health can be challenging in today’s hyper-connected, over-stimulating world. Whether you’re meditating, spending time in nature, decluttering, or returning to school to help others, there are plenty of ways to improve your mental health while also having fun.

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