Updated: May 18, 2020

Sleep is something we all need but don’t always get enough of. This is especially troublesome if you’re fighting cancer and dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re experiencing insomnia, rather than sleep being a relief, going to bed may become a dreaded activity. The anticipation of lying there for hours, staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning while not being able to drift off, is frustrating.

Insomnia may be accompanied by anxiety, anger, depression, and other feelings that affect your healing and wellness. You might be facing financial challenges from medical bills that keep you awake at night. You could be dealing with side effects of medication that keep you up at odd hours. Caffeine and stress often make things worse. Because lack of sleep suppresses your immune system and harms your body, you need to take action to overcome the issue.

Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce your odds of experiencing insomnia during your journey with cancer.

You already may know that keeping your bedroom cool, limiting your caffeine intake for several hours before you go to bed, and drawing the shades to darken your room help. Other suggestions include journaling, keeping the same bedtime habits each night, and turning on a white noise machine. You might want to consider cognitive-behavioral therapies as well. This may include visualizing a runaway train on the tracks and changing your thought process to derail it. Such action reminds you to stop in your tracks and not let your fears run away from you, preventing you from going to sleep. Perhaps you want to talk with your oncologist about your insomnia. They may prescribe a nonaddictive medicine to help.

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is required for your body to heal from cancer. If you or someone you know is fighting the disease, get in touch with Chix 4 a Cause. Learn more about our Gifts of Love program at today.

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A vision board creates a sacred space showing what you want from life. Because what you focus on expands, creating a vision board and placing it in an often-viewed area sets you up for visualization exercises throughout the day. This helps makes what you want to happen become reality.

The more you visualize something, the more you emit powerful frequencies into the universe. This is why Olympic athletes use visualization to improve performance. According to Psychology Today, the brain patterns activated when a weightlifter lifts heavy weights are similar to the ones activated when they visualize lifting weights. This is one reason why visualization is so powerful.

To create your vision board, think about what you want to do, be, and have. Consider areas such as relationships, travel, spirituality, health, and personal growth. Write down goals for what you want your life to look like in the areas that interest you most.

Use pictures, words, quotes, sayings, or images of places you want to go cut from magazines. Include trinkets lying around your home, memorabilia from trips, or reminders of events, places, or people meaningful to you. Add representations of anything else that inspires and motivates you.

Use scissors, tape, pins, or a glue stick to add your items to any type or size of board. You might choose a cork board or poster board from a hardware store, a pin board from an online shop, or anything else that interests you. You can use markers, stickers, or anything you desire to decorate your vision board.

Take as long as you need to create your vision board. Make it as big as you want. Feel free to redo your vision board whenever you want. Do whatever feels best for you. Once you set intentions for what you want to do, be, and have, you’ll be amazed when you start to see them appear in your life.

If you or someone you know is battling cancer, get in touch with Chix 4 a Cause. Learn about the financial and emotional support we provide through our Gifts of Love program. Visit today.

Letting go of fear during a journey with cancer can be difficult. There’s most likely a lot on your mind, including things you’re dwelling on or worrying about.

Fear can be all-consuming. It gets exhausting and impedes your healing. You may be concerned about family members, friends, your daily life, and other issues. If you go into remission, you might worry about the cancer recurring.

The key is to analyze exactly what you’re afraid of and find ways to overcome it.

Perhaps you’re not afraid of dying, you’re afraid of leaving your children. If so, you may want to ask friends to help your children in the event that you’re no longer able to. You could ask one friend to take care of your children’s needs for fitting in with their peers, another to help your spouse guide your children in their education, or a third friend to help your children’s spiritual growth. Knowing your children will have help growing up can be source of calm during the storm.

Focusing on activities that interest you can help. Read a book, make jewelry, or write in a journal. Participate in yoga, running, or meditation. Take on a hobby. Attend religious services. See a therapist. Do what it takes to shift your focus and be productive.

If you or someone you know is fighting cancer, get in touch with Chix 4 a Cause. Learn about the financial and emotional support we provide through our Gifts of Love program. Visit today.

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