When the new year is approaching, many of us start to think about resolutions: everything from losing weight, to exercising, to eating healthier…you name it. But by February…or in some cases, mid-January, we’re pretty much over keeping them.
We’d like to suggest a new approach to the new year: how about adopting a healthier lifestyle, one step at a time? A gradual approach to a healthier way of living can be more successful.
In 2017, we shared some tips and tools to help you incorporate wellness into your life. A positive attitude can definitely play a role, notably if you or someone you care about has received a cancer diagnosis. Attitude truly is everything! As Franky, our awesome intern and cancer survivor says, “Reach that inner self and scream at it to fight those bad cancer cells, and remember…’self-talk’ is a powerful tool!”
We’ve also discussed the importance of exercise, even if you haven’t been active for some time. It’s been proven to help your overall well-being and self-image, and plays a key role in healing. In fact, regular exercise can also help you get better sleep – also important in the healing process! Yoga is one form of exercise we recommend. However, any activity that can get you moving is a step in the right direction! Take it slowly and build up your endurance over time, and to be on the safe side, check with your primary care provider, as he/she may have some additional activity tips and suggestions for you.
Stress is also something that you can work toward reducing. Stress, and the exhaustion that can come from it, can zap your body of the energy it needs, especially when you are fighting cancer or if you are a caregiver for a loved one. For the new year, make taking care of yourself your main priority. Set aside time for rest, for meditation, exercise – whatever it is that your body needs. And, feed it the right foods to help your body get closer to optimal wellness.
On behalf of our team at Cancer Recovery Foundation International, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!