July 4th BBQs, fireworks, picnics, gatherings with family and friends… It’s starting to feel like every person on the planet is preparing for a fun holiday weekend. Except for You! Because you have that “cancer cloud” following you wherever you go! So, how do you get through the weekend? Unknot your stomach? Maybe even have some fun?
Our best tip from Gilda’s Club Westchester, is to allow yourself to have fun! It’s ok to laugh — in fact, it’s beneficial. Experience the moment and enjoy what you’re doing and who you’re with. Take in the good weather, savor a BBQ dinner, listen to some great music, and have some fun with your family and friends.
Here are some other great tips that you may find useful from the American Cancer Society to boost your spirits and enjoy yourself this weekend:
● Allow yourself simple pleasures: Enjoy simple pleasures such as taking a warm bath, a nap, or eating your favorite foods.
● Allow yourself to feel: Don’t ignore your emotions, whether that be of joy, fear, sadness, or pain.
● Take care of yourself: Make time to exercise and eat balanced meals. Physical activity is a healthy way to release stress.
● Find distractions: Schedule time to watch TV, make dinner, watch live or recorded sporting events or concerts, play games, or take a walk or drive.
● Plan ahead: You can decide if you want to adjust certain traditions or create new ones. It is also in your power to decide who you want to connect with during the holidays.
● Seek support: Don’t be shy about asking for help with shopping, decorating, and meal preparation. For emotional support connect with a family member, friend, or local support group that you trust and express how you are feeling about the upcoming holiday.
● Learn to say no: You are not expected to do everything, you don’t have to force yourself to attend or do certain activities.
Gilda’s Club Westchester provides free support activities and resources for those of all ages living with cancer, as well as their family and friends. For more information, contact (914) 644-8844; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://gildadev.wpengine.com/i-am-a-person-with-cancer-4/.