If you're going through cancer treatment, you'll have an entire team of healthcare professionals taking care of your medical needs. However, you're going to have needs beyond those of a medical nature. Cancer treatment takes a lot out of you, mentally, physically, and emotionally. While your medical team is taking care of the medical aspect of your treatment, it's important that you continue taking steps to care for the rest of your needs. Here are some simple steps you can take to give yourself the tender-loving-care you're going to need.
Stay as Active as Possible
While you're undergoing cancer treatment, you may not feel like moving around much. That's to be expected. However, while it's definitely okay to take things easy, you still need to stay as active as possible. Try taking a walk at least once a day to keep your blood pumping, and your muscles working. Find something that you enjoy doing, and spend some time each day involved in that activity.
Find a Way to Relax
Stress and worry can take a lot out of you during treatment for cancer, but try not to let it consume you. During treatment, you need to find a way to relax. Join a yoga group, schedule a weekly massage, or learn to meditate. These are all excellent ways to help your mind heal at the same time as your body is healing.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Rest is crucial during cancer treatment. Unfortunately, insomnia often accompanies chemotherapy. To help you get a good nights rest, try sleeping in a completely darkened room. Add blackout shades if you need to. Blackout shades will block out all the light so that you can get into a deeper sleep. It's also important that you remove distractions from your room, such as televisions, and stereos. Try to get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. If you take naps during the day, and then find it difficult to sleep through the night, try limiting your naps to no longer than 30 minutes at a time. The short power naps will help boost your energy without interfering with your nightly rest.
Keep the Air Clean
While you're going through cancer treatment, it's important to avoid harmful chemicals. That's why it's crucial that you keep the air clean. Avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible. Toss out all your chemical household cleansers, and use simple ingredients such as lemon juice, or vinegar to get your house clean. Most importantly, install an air cleaner in your home to keep the air you're breathing as clean as possible during treatment.