Self Care during Breast Cancer Treatment

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The Importance of Self Care

Prioritize self-care with Schneck's support to enhance your physical and mental well-being, manage stress, and increase energy levels. Small self-care acts can have significant positive impacts on your daily life. While self-care is not a cure, understanding triggers and coping techniques can help manage mental health and improve overall well-being.

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Exercise to Support Breast Health

We encourage exercise as part of your self-care and physical health routine. Exercising can help ease treatment-related side effects, reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence, and even lower the chances of developing breast cancer. Incorporate a variety of exercises, including aerobic, flexibility, and strength exercises, into your daily routine to enhance muscle elasticity, joint mobility, and overall breast health. Here we've listed some low-exertion exercises as a starting point.

  • Take regular walks to be active
  • Stretch your muscles routinely
  • Work on increasing resistance

Our helpful team is here to provide support and guidance throughout your fitness journey so you can make your health yours.

Healthy ways to Treat Yourself

Embrace the idea of treating yourself, as it can foster healing during challenging times. Small, affordable joys can have a significant impact on your well-being. Don't hesitate to seek out healthy experiences that bring you happiness. Take a look at the following list for a few ways to treat yourself.

  • Fresh fruit smoothies
  • Muscle-easing massages
  • Captivating story books

Treating yourself doesn't have to be extravagant; it's about finding simple pleasures that uplift your spirits and cultivate a hopeful mindset.

Support Groups That Can Help

During challenging times like facing a major illness or significant life event, you don't have to endure it alone. Being part of a support group offers a reassuring and understanding community, providing you with valuable companionship on your journey to healing and coping effectively. With assistance from Schneck, consider joining a support group, where you can connect with others who share similar feelings, concerns, and treatment experiences.

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Mental Health Considerations

It's important to recognize mental health as a vital aspect of self-care. A cancer diagnosis can bring forth emotional challenges, such as anxiety, distress, and depression, affecting you and those you're closest with. Recognizing these feelings and seeking help when necessary is crucial. Whether it's managing anxiety, identifying signs of depression, or understanding distress, our support and resources are available to help you cope effectively with the impact of cancer on your mental health. Below we've further described mental health conditions to be aware of.

  • Anxiety is commonly characterized by intense worry
  • Depression often appears as prolonged sadness
  • Distressed is the strong feeling of being overwhelmed

If you experience any of these conditions, please seek care from Schneck Mental Health and Wellness. With proper treatment, it's possible to find hope.

Your Cancer Center Providers

At Schneck, our dedicated cancer center team will thoroughly address your health concerns and guide you toward a better quality of life while providing excellent medical support.

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Jordan C. Maryfield, MD

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Connect with Care at Schneck

The Schneck Cancer Center is here to support you. We know it can be difficult to prioritize self care during treatment. Reach out to us so we can be there for you and offer resources.

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