After a cancer diagnosis, many cancer survivors decide to make positive changes in their lives to improve physical and emotional well-being. There is no better time than the beginning of a New Year to set some goals for yourself. Still haven’t chosen your New Year’s resolutions for 2014? Here are five ideas for inspiration:
Eat healthier. Moderation is important when eating healthy. The three keys to eating healthier are fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. To learn more about the importance of nutrition during cancer survivorship, visit My PearlPoint.
Exercise more. The American Cancer Society recommends exercise for cancer survivors. Even adding a thirty minute walk to your daily routine can greatly improve your energy levels and overall health. Take up a new hobby like hiking or biking. Join a yoga class. Remember, talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.
Worry less. Cancer survivors often struggle with recurrence anxiety. Although often easier said than done, you should try not to fixate on negative thoughts. Find something else to occupy your time. Get lunch with a friend. Watch a funny movie. Adopt a pet. For more ideas on coping with anxiety, read Fear of Recurrence.
Connect with other survivors. There is something very special about the instant connection between cancer survivors. Fellow survivors can be an unmatched source of inspiration, knowledge, and friendship. Connect with fellow survivors today through a variety of emotional support programs.
Give back. Giving back is an instant pick-me-up. There are many organizations where you can volunteer and work directly with cancer patients. Donating your time and expertise are tangible ways to make your community a better place and to have a positive impact on the lives of people just like you. You can also help others by spreading the word about our free services to those in need.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, we wish you success and look forward to being a part of your journey in 2014!