10 Nov 2020

 

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You may experience increased stress, anxiety, or depression if you’ve been diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness. This is a natural reaction; however, it can further put your health in jeopardy if these feelings impact your ability to cope with the disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, mental illness, especially depression, increases your risk of other long-term health problems. This is true especially for serious health issues like diabetes, heart disease, mesothelioma, or a stroke. Here are some simple tips you can use to help improve your mental health if you have been diagnosed with a serious illness.

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  • ExerciseExercise is a proven treatment for depression and anxiety that is all-natural. You may have reason to avoid antidepressants or other prescription drugs if you’re taking medication for an illness. Or you may simply want a healthy way to release endorphins and increase dopamine to help you improve your mental health. Exercise is vital for anyone who is aging, whether or not you have other health problems. But it can be especially effective at treating depression and anxiety.

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  • Social Activity: Social activity is also known to diminish feelings of isolation and help improve mental health. Being around loved ones allows you to focus on the positive, rather than dwelling on the negative.

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  • Art or Journaling: Activities like painting or writing in a journal can be quite therapeutic if you are creatively inclined. It may be hard to express your feelings to others in conversation or you may be inclined to keep it to yourself to avoid upsetting those around you. That’s entirely up to you, however, it’s not healthy to keep emotions bottled up forever. Hobbies like painting or journaling can be a great way to express your feelings without worrying about the opinions or stress levels of others.

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  • Therapy: Therapy is always an option for those who are seriously struggling and need the help of a professional. Maintaining a positive frame of mind is essential to fighting a life-threatening illness. There is no shame in seeking help, especially when you are going through something traumatic like a deadly disease.

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These are the simplest strategies you can employ to cope with mental illness if you’ve been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like brain cancer or mesothelioma. If you are struggling with the latter disease especially, the Mesothelioma Cancer Network has resources that can help. Mental health is just as important as your physical health and you should never let it suffer, especially if you’re struggling with other health concerns. Follow these simple tips to help improve your mental health today.

 

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