Managing Emotions And Cancer

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Approved by the Z Cancer Foundation | Editorial Board, 04/2017
Key Messages:
• Taking care of your own emotional health and physical needs makes you a more effective caregiver.
• Consider seeking assistance with caregiving responsibilities.
• Recognize signs of stress. Talk with your doctor or a counselor if you are having trouble coping with your emotions.
One of the most important—but often forgotten—tasks for caregivers is caring for themselves. A caregiver's physical, emotional, and mental health is vital to the well-being of the person who has cancer. To be a good caregiver, you must be good to yourself.

Various Emotion Forms
Below is a list of various forms of emotions patients suffer from:
* Coping With Anger
* Coping With Guilt
* Coping With Uncertainty *Depression
* Managing Stress
* Enxiety
* Fear Related Side Effects
* Grief And Loss
* Self Image And Cancer

Anger is a common feeling for many people living with cancer. It is often one of the first emotional reactions a person has to a cancer diagnosis. But it can develop at any time throughout treatment and survivorship

Depression symptoms

Symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness and despair that interfere with daily activities. Other warning signs include:
• Loss of appetite or overeating
• Problems sleeping, such as not being able to sleep or sleeping too much
• Lack of energy
• Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.
• Trouble with focus, memory, and making decisions
• Feeling irritable and restless
• Excessive crying
• Headaches or constant, unexplained pains; physical symptoms that don’t improve with treatment.
• Drinking too much alcohol

Anxiety symptoms

Anxiety is a common and normal response to a stressful situation, such as caring for a person with cancer. However, too much anxiety can lead to health problems and interfere with daily activities. Symptoms of anxiety include:
• Trouble solving problems, making decisions, or focusing.
• Feeling excitable or restless
• Increased muscle tension or feeling tense
• Headaches
• Unexplained and constant anger or irritability
• Not being able to sleep
• Too much worrying

Managing depression and anxiety

In addition to seeking professional help, other ways to help manage depression and anxiety include:
• Avoiding drinking too much alcohol
• Planning enjoyable activities with family and friends
• Joining a support group for caregivers
• Doing activities that bring you happiness and comfort
• Exercising — as little as 10 to 15 minutes at a time can help
• Practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga
Keep in mind that taking care of your emotional health and physical needs makes you a more effective caregiver, which ultimately helps the person who is ill. Learn more about depression and anxiety.

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