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This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (16th - 22nd May). The theme this year is relationships, which are important to maintaining our well being and mental health. It’s a great opportunity to take stock and celebrate the important relationships in our lives.
If you, or a friend or family member, are facing cancer, your relationships can be huge source of support during and after diagnosis and treatment.
Relationships matterGood relationships are the supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community. Investing in these relationships is as important to our health and wellbeing as other lifestyle factors such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.
Give your timeTry to put some time aside to nurture important relationships. When we are busy with day to day life we don’t always make enough time to connect with the important people in our lives. The Mental Health Foundation has a challenge for us all. They are asking everyone to go the extra mile in prioritising their relationships. They are calling on people to make a relationship resolution: to assess how much time we actively commit to building and maintaining good relationships, and to ask whether we can invest more in being present with and listening to friends, family and colleagues.
Cancer and relationshipsWhen you are diagnosed with cancer, you, your partner (if you have one), family and friends may experience a variety of emotions that could affect your relationships. These may include feeling anxious, angry, guilty and being in denial.There are a number of things you can do to help:
Share your feelings by talking. Thinking about talking to family and friends can make people feel uncomfortable. But talking often benefits both you and them. Talking with someone you trust about your feelings may help you both to cope with what is happening.
We have more information about relationships and cancer and talking about cancer with friends and family.
Physical activityPhysical activity is a good way to help you manage stress, anxiety and depression. It helps our bodies release chemicals (endorphins) that lift our mood and lower stress hormones.
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