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Managing Stress, Building Resilience

April 23, 2021

More than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all had to learn how to cope with major changes to how we live, work, communicate and interact with one another. The added layer of a cancer diagnosis and treatment can feel overwhelming and lead to feelings of isolation.

Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way can build resiliency, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Consider these strategies for stress management.

Seek Social Support

You don’t have to fight cancer alone. Reach out to your family and friends for emotional, spiritual, and other support. Even during a time of social distancing, look to technology, like phone calls, texts, video chats, or other communication platforms, to stay connected to loved ones. You can also discuss your feelings and concerns with your care team. Texas Oncology offers a range of support services for patients to help navigate cancer treatment, including support groups.

Take Care of Your Body

While food may be a coping mechanism during stressful times, eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet is critical to preventing and fighting cancer. Make time to be physically active. Moderate exercise several times a week lowers stress levels and improves health. It’s also imperative to ensure you are giving mental health the attention it deserves. Talk to your care team if you are struggling with the emotional and mental toll of cancer treatment.

Prioritize Relaxation

Mindfulness may help improve your mood as you engage in your daily activities. Practice stress reduction techniques, yoga, or meditation. Like your body, your brain needs regular exercise, so try engaging in creative activities you enjoy, such as music, painting, or writing.

For more information on navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, view the following resources:


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