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Rare Cancers Australia

Ways to manage physically

Try to maximise sleep and rest

Sleep deprivation and tiredness are responsible for mistakes, poor focus, flat mood, low energy, and the list goes on. Everything seems harder when you’re tired. If it’s too difficult to get a full night’s sleep, or your caring duties don’t allow, try to get a rest during the day. 

Eat nutritious food

Hospital food doesn’t offer a lot of variety, so maybe one of your network’s helpful tasks could be fresh vegetable sticks and fruit to take into hospital with you every day. Once again, if someone asks how they can help – tell them, “A home cooked meal would be wonderful!”

Aim for 15-30 minutes of exercise every day

Not only does it give you a feeling of well being, it can improve mental health, efficiency, improve your sleep, and give you more energy long-term. Exercise may be the last thing you feel like undertaking, but a stroll around the block has been shown to have great benefits.

Chat to a professional

Ensure regular reviews with your GP and/or psychologist 

Stop and breathe

Some people find benefit in listening to recorded meditations or relaxations.