Health Tip: Nurture Your Emotional Health as a Cancer Patient
(HealthDay News) -- If you have cancer, it is important to take care of your emotional health, too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
A positive outlook has been linked to a lower risk of disease and injury, a better immune system, longer life and greater work productivity, the agency adds.
The CDC offers these suggestions for bolstering your emotional health:
Spend time with family and friends, and look for ways to meet new people.
Focus on the bright side of any situation, and avoid negative thoughts.
Get regular exercise, and eat a healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables and fruits.
Do something nice for someone else.
Get plenty of sleep.
Laugh more. Do things you like.
Focus on your spiritual side, whether that means participating in organized religion, meditating, creating art or whatever speaks to you.