By Debra Cheek
Cancer is a challenging journey. Listed are some activities to indulge in that can bring us joy and peace. Hopefully, you’ll discover one to try.
Fishing can be both relaxing and exciting at the same time. Fishing can also be challenging and may require some skill.
However, when we achieve a new skillset, it builds our confidence, sense of accomplishment and may result in a healthy dinner!
Mindfulness helps us to quiet the busy mind and focus our attention on the present moment. Incorporating gratitude in the practice heightens our state of well-being. Gratitude is linked with positive emotions including contentment and hope. List three good things to be grateful for every day.
"One of the most powerful ways that journaling has helped me is by getting my thoughts, feelings, doubts and fears out of my head and onto a harmless piece of paper. When all of that chaos is written down in front of me and literally in my hands, it all seems less scary, more manageable, and I have more control over it. I can even rip it all up if I choose!"- Robin Gordon, Patient Advisor, Patient and Family Advisory Program
Music can ease anxiety, reduce stress, bring happy memories and light up the creative side of our brains. This practice can include listening to our favorite tunes or brushing up on our musical abilities. Tunes can also calm preoperative jitters and help us find our peaceful place.
Painting can be soothing to the soul. This may include canvas painting, pottery painting or painting a room! We don’t have to be a professional painter to enjoy the benefits of this activity.
Reading and poetry can be very relaxing and can take our minds off stressful situations by transporting us to new adventures through our imagination.
Walking is one of the best habits to practice! It improves physical health and stimulates the production of feel-good brain chemicals. Walking in nature is also a natural healer. Research shows that nature therapy, known as ecotherapy, can improve mood, reduce stress and build confidence.