Do Whatever It Takes to Stay Positive
Staying positive — looking at your circumstances in your favor — takes focus, determination, and courage. Increasing optimism and hope is an acquired and learned skill. For some, going about their daily routine with some moderation is best, while for others, exploring complementary therapies and developing new ways to cope and stay healthy during treatments is better. Engaging the mind and body can help you stay in a centered and balanced place in the manner that you enjoy best.
Making the choice to train your mind to look at breast cancer as a temporary problem helps to keep you rational and focused during your breast cancer treatments. Learning to argue with yourself when negative thoughts enter your mind and replace them with good thoughts, visualizing a peaceful scene, and using deep breathing techniques or yoga practices, are all strategies that can have lifelong benefits.
To increase optimism, you may have to combat the old negative messages and thoughts that come to mind. For example, “I have nothing good in my life; everything has been going wrong all my life and now I have breast cancer; I am doomed,” demonstrates a pessimistic outlook. To increase optimism, try to change your way of thinking, and say to yourself, “Having breast cancer has changed my life and my focus for now. I will get through this part of my life and eventually will have it behind me.” It gives breast cancer a temporary place in your life and gives you a more optimistic view. This is a healthier way to look at your breast cancer. Breast cancer does not deserve to be all-encompassing or to define who you are, but should be seen only as a part of your life for now. Having breast cancer can help incorporate new and healthful strategies and wisdom in your life.