Having a positive mindset is very important during this crucial time. Being optimistic increases the chances of survival and gives you the will to move forward with the treatment even if your body no longer wants to continue.
There are countless stories of survival from people who got cancer and lived to tell about it. They became stronger, wiser, and more conscious of their health. Their will to survive through all the pain is such an inspiration and one contributing to that willpower is the proper mindset while going through the ordeal of cancer.
So how can you develop a positive mindset while battling cancer? Here are a few mind hacks you can try:
Read testimonials and biographies of cancer survivors
Knowing that other people went through a similar experience like you have and conquered cancer is very encouraging. Lots of people have gone through the heartache and mental and physical pains of cancer and overcame all of it because they never gave up on the goal that someday they will be free from cancer.
Buy books about cancer survivors, visit your local cancer rehabilitation facility, listen to cancer survivor stories and ask them for help if necessary. Ask them for a regular visit to you so it gives you strength in your battles.
People do meditation to help their body and mind become calmer and more relaxed. Regular practice of it gives peace of mind, sense of easiness and awareness that can be beneficial to overall health.
Meditation is also known to alleviate the following symptoms
- High Blood Pressure
- Feeling sick
There are different ways you can practice meditation as well. You can do any of the following:
- Focused Meditation
- Guided Meditation
- Prayerful Meditation
- Transcendental Meditation
Turn Off Mainstream News
Watching news on the TV or reading bad news feed on your Facebook home page can also affect your mindset. News about crimes, poverty, homelessness, murder, economic depression is not beneficial to you especially if you are battling cancer.
It’s best to surround yourself always with uplifting news that motivates, inspires and makes you feel good. You don’t need another bad news to add to your worry on top of your cancer.
Grow a Funny Bone
Watch funny movies or comics. Talk and listen to funny people. Invite them over for a quick talk or lunch and be affected by their funny sense of humor. Have a daily deep belly laugh. Find things to laugh about.
Norman Cousins is a prominent writer known to have used regular 10 minute deep belly laughter every day and it served as a natural anesthetic for him in his arthritic pain. He just watched funny movies every day and he said this contributed to his healing.
Laughter is a great activity that helps you forgot about the problem or worry that you have. It just lets you enjoy the moment.