The transition to life after cancer treatment can take time. Take each day as it comes. Accept that you may have both good and bad days. Below are some tips to help you with the transition.
Look after yourself
Take the time you need to adjust to changes in your body or physical appearance. Do things at your own pace and rest between activities. Remember, your body is still healing. If you are worried about going out, ask someone to go with you.
Assess your life. Ask yourself:
- What fulfils me?
- What is important?
- What gives my life meaning?
Consider keeping a journal. Many people find it helps to write down how they’re feeling.
Do something you find relaxing, such as reading, listening to music or taking a bath. Learn some form of relaxation or meditation, such as mindfulness, visualisation, yoga or deep breathing.
Talk about your emotions
Acknowledge your feelings. It may help to share any concerns or worries with family and friends, your doctor, a psychologist or counsellor.
Look at ways you can manage your own wellness and make lifestyle changes to improve your quality of life. This could include changing your diet, being more physically active or stopping smoking. Seeing a psychologist, counsellor or life coach may help you to develop goals and strategies to make any desired changes to your life.
Manage side effects
You may have ongoing side effects after treatment. Talk to your health care professionals about your symptoms to see if they can be improved or managed better.
Learning about other people’s experiences may help. Join a support group, attend a survivorship program or read stories from other survivors. Connecting with other cancer survivors may help you cope and feel more positive about the future.