Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

Coping with emotions

Dr. Priya Tiwari, MBBS, IMS, DM Medical Oncology, MD Medicine AIIMS, Oncologist, Head - Medical Oncology (Unit II), Artemis Hospital, Gurugram

Published: Sep 8, 2023 02:41:21 PM IST
Updated: Sep 8, 2023 05:30:29 PM IST

Coping with emotionsCoping with emotions can be challenging for anyone facing a serious illness like blood cancer. It's completely normal to experience a wide range of emotions, including fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, and uncertainty. Coping with cancer is a process that goes on over months and years, and patients use different strategies at different times, depending upon the changing situation within themselves and their relationships and with the stage of their illness. Here are some coping strategies suggested here are for all patients, whether you are newly diagnosed, undergoing medical treatment, or dealing with one of the many stages of cancer, including terminal cancer.

Here are some strategies that may help you cope with your emotions:

  1. Seek support: Reach out to your loved ones, friends, or support groups for emotional support. Sharing your feelings with someone who understands and cares about you can provide comfort and reassurance.
  2. Educate yourself: Learn as much as you can about your condition and treatment options. Understanding what you're going through can help alleviate some of the fear and uncertainty surrounding your diagnosis.
  3. Talk to your healthcare team: Your healthcare team is there to support you not only physically but also emotionally. Don't hesitate to ask questions, express your concerns, or seek guidance from your doctors, nurses, or counselors.
  4. Express yourself: Find healthy ways to express your emotions. You may consider journaling, painting, playing an instrument, or engaging in other creative outlets to help process and release your feelings.
  5. Practice self-care: Take care of yourself both physically and emotionally. Get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, engage in regular exercise, and participate in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Remember to prioritize self-care to maintain your overall well-being.
  6. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Consider incorporating mindfulness and relaxation techniques into your daily routine. These may include deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or guided imagery. These practices can help reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.
  7. Seek professional help: If you find that your emotions are becoming overwhelming or interfering with your daily life, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist or counselor experienced in working with individuals facing serious illnesses can provide valuable support and guidance.
  8. Connect with others: Reach out to support groups or online communities specifically for individuals with blood cancer. Connecting with others who are going through similar experiences can help you feel less alone and provide a platform for sharing advice and encouragement.
Remember, coping with emotions is a personal journey, and it's important to be patient and kind to yourself throughout the process. Surround yourself with a strong support system, be open to seeking help when needed, and focus on taking care of both your physical and emotional well-being.

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