Recognizing and accepting the fact that this process is filled with emotional ups and downs is important. It can impact every area of your life. We recommend you do whatever you can to ease your day-to-day routine during this time. Some ideas include:
- Reduce the hours you spend at work, volunteering or on other major obligations. If you already have children, get help with childcare.
- Revisit methods you have used in the past to successfully ease stress— like yoga, reading, meditation, writing in a journal, binge-watching your favorite shows or just getting extra sleep.
- Ensure you have a reliable support system of friends and family who will be there to listen when you need to talk, cheer you up when you are down and celebrate your successes.
Most of all, be kind to yourself. Acknowledge that the time spent undergoing treatment is emotionally charged. Allow yourself to feel each emotion fully and without judgement.