We are living in unprecedented times of uncertainty and worry! For those who have Cancer know all too well what living with uncertainty is like! Having to deal with a compromised immune system leaving you more at risk should you develop the virus!
With this in mind you may find your emotions are up and down and all over the place!
We have put together a list of a few coping techniques you might like to have and use!
1. Be kind to yourself. Some people are better at dealing with uncertainties than others, so don’t be hard on yourself if your tolerance for unpredictability is lower than a friends! Be patient with yourself!
2. Reflect on past successes! Chances are you have overcome stressful events in the past and you survived!
3. Limit your exposure to news, social media etc…when we are stressed about something it can be hard to look away . But compulsively checking the news only keeps us wound up!
4. Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control ! When uncertainty strikes , many people immediately imagine worst-case scenarios! Get out of the habit of ruminating on negative thoughts
5. Take your own advice . Ask yourself if a friend came to me with this worry what would I tell them. Imagining your situation from the outside can often provide perspective and fresh ideas!
6. Engage in self care. Don’t let stress derail your health routine. Make efforts to eat healthy , exercise and sleep well! Gentle yoga and meditation can be very beneficial and relaxing!
7. Control what you can. Focus on the things that are in your control! Even something as simple as a weekly meal plan.
8. Ask for help. If you’re having trouble managing stress and coping with uncertainty on your own, ask for help. Counselling psychotherapists are professionals helping people to develop healthy ways to cope with stress and uncertainty. Phone counselling is one of the services available from Tuam Cancer Care, contact the Centre on 093 28522 for advice on how to arrange an appointment.

The Tuam Cancer Care team are available Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm, for phone support on 093 28522, or email support@tuamcancercare.ie. Our counsellor is continuing to support clients by providing audio counselling. We will continue to support people and families affected by cancer at this difficult time.