No two days are the same. Some days I need to laugh. On others I need to curl up on my couch alone.
Here’s a list of things to ask yourself and have at the ready.
- What makes you laugh?
- What things distract you for 10 minutes, an hour, an afternoon?
- What makes you feel close to nature?
- (How) do you nurture your spirituality?
- When you feel strong, what exercises are you able to do that won’t compromise your health currently? Discuss this with your doctor first. They need to be aware of what you need in your life and will advise accordingly.
- Who is/are the person/people you can call on when you need a meal?
- Who is/are the person/people you can call on who’ll reminisce with you?
- Who is/are the person/people you can call on when you need a shoulder to cry on?
- Who is/are the person/people you can call on when you need to get out who will look after your safety and comfort?
- What goal(s) were you in the middle of when you heard you had cancer that you then had to shelve? Do something towards those goals or at least that remind you of how fulfilling it felt to have the freedom to chase it/them.
- Read. There’s plenty of time you’ll be resting so read up on whatever interests / inspires you. Don’t worry if you can’t focus for long – it’s probably the meds, not you.
This isn’t an exhaustive list. Hopefully, it’ll help getting you thinking in the right direction though. Good luck.