Soul Soothers Tips

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When all else fails...

Laugh! Yes, you're fighting the biggest war in your known universe, but it's still a laughing matter. Laughter has been proven to be the best medicine available, it's easy, and you don't have to worry about your HMO. Rent your favorite funny movies, read jokes that people email you, surround yourself in silliness. You'll feel better, and that's the most important thing.


Vacation? Now?

You're busy going from doctor to lab to pharmacy, plus doing your normal day-to-day living, who has time to relax? You do. In-between treatments take a stress break and go on a vacation. See something different, get out of town, and enjoy your life. The key is to relax and rejuvenate. It's amazing how a change of scenery does a body good.


A Man's Best Friend

Animals are wonderful critters. They've lowered blood pressure, helped stroke patients, and bring out the best in kids of all ages. In this time of deep shadows a fuzzy, scaly, feathery, or slippery animal to take care of might just be the better than any drug. If you do get a pet, ensure that the pet will have ample care and won?t be by itself all day. They need you just as much as you need them.


Depressed? Write it out.

When faced with cancer, the feelings of despair, anguish, hurt, shock, and even death fill your mind. If those feelings are left inside, they will only feed the cancer. Take a pen, paper, word processor, paint, canvas, or sculpture and set those feelings free. Express yourself, even if no one ever sees it, and allow yourself to feel the rage and betrayal and once the feelings are out, move on with the war in front of you.


Flowers - friend or foe?

In western society, it is customary to bring flowers and plants to the sick. If you're tempted to do the same with a cancer patient, ask first. Some patients have so low of a white blood count that any bacteria, pollen, or spores on those beautiful tulips, roses, or orchids may send them right back into the hospital. Your kind gesture would be appreciated, but not the aftermath that may follow it. So hold off on the surprise gift from the florists until you're sure that the patient can enjoy them without any harm befalling them.


Music to tame the savage beast.

Along with laughing at every chance you get, listening to music will aid in your feeling better. Crank up the tunes, dance, sing, and celebrate. Don't feel up to doing the cha-cha? Tap your toes, your fingers or blink to the beat.

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