Signs that may indicate it’s time to learn some new coping skills
Obsession. If you find yourself obsessing about cancer, it may be time to intentionally back off from the intensity.
If you’re losing sleep, neglecting self care, unable to care for your children, “awfulizing,” or spending several hours online researching, it might be time to step away for a while. Take breaks!
Avoidance. Don’t diagnose yourself, delay, or avoid recommended tests and treatment.
If your physician has ordered more tests, it is because he or she feels the need to gather more facts. If treatment or further testing is recommended, it’s in your best interest to respond promptly.
Feeling overwhelmed with advice. Don’t assume anyone else’s situation or story will be identical to yours.
You have the right to be discerning about when and how you get your advice, although well-meaning friends and acquaintances may be drawn to share their positive and negative experiences, you can listen to your own emotions. It’s always okay to say when you’ve had enough.
Hopelessness or Despair. Notice depression.
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of depression, be sure to let your healthcare provider know. Although sadness, anxiety, and grief are natural emotions at this time, do your best to cultivate hope and keep it alive inside you.