Challenging Anxiety Caused By Cancer


Anxiety is an all-encompassing part of your cancer journey.

During initial screenings, you prayed that you didn’t have the disease. Then at your actual diagnosis, your worst fear was confirmed.

Now you’re uncertain. You’re afraid for your life. These worries may grow during your treatment.


Related: Preparing For Your Cancer Diagnosis


Even as a cancer survivor, I can share with you that after your battle is won, the fear of reoccurrence may nag you for the rest of your life.

BUT, you are likely a strong and amazing person, and you can challenge your anxiety.


1. Breathe

If and when you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, remember that your breath is always with you. Breathe in through your nose to the count of 4, pause for one second, and then slowly exhale through your mouth to the count of 6. Repeat this for 10 breaths.


2. Do Things That Make You Happy

Make a plan to do something enjoyable every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Watch your favorite TV show, spend time with your friends, or listen to upbeat music.


3. Practice Prayer or Meditation

Cancer is a heavy burden to bear, and connecting with your own spiritual beliefs may be a powerful source for personal healing.


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