Texas Radiotherapy

Coping With Cancer Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful for everyone, let alone a caregiver or patient struggling with cancer. Between treatments and holiday dinners, you may not be up for every gathering and that’s okay. It’s important to focus on yourself this season and feeling your best. Take steps, whether big or small, to cope with holiday stress and try to give yourself some normalcy during this season.

We also don’t want you to feel like you’re just “getting through” the holidays. That’s why we’re talking you through some simple ways to cope as a patient and a caregiver.

Coping as a Patient & Caregiver

Practice mindfulness: Whether that means going for a walk, journaling, or meditating, stay in tune with how you’re feeling. Allow yourself to feel those emotions and reflect on what throughout the day or week led to them.

Reach out to loved ones: Make a list of people you can count on and reach out to them when you need them most. Maybe you want to ask them for a helping hand around the house or just need someone to listen to you, either way a support system is important during the season.

Attend visits virtually: You may be too exhausted to attend an event physically but attending virtually is an option. Ask your family and friends to set up a video call for you during the holiday gathering.

Make a list of events you truly enjoy: There are some events you may not truly enjoy and that’s okay. Make a list of holiday gatherings that will make you feel joy and at peace and know it’s okay to say no to events that may take up too much physical and mental energy.

Pace yourself: Both caregivers and patients are taking on a lot of different roles. As a caregiver, you may also be expected to host, shop, wrap presents, and even cook. Reach out and ask for help from loved ones or just say you aren’t able to take on certain tasks.

As a patient, you may have expectations on yourself to do more than you’re able to. Accept that you may not be able to “do it all” and go at your own pace.

Talk to your support team: Texas Radiotherapy is here to support you this season any way we can. Whether you’re a patient or a caregiver, if you’re struggling with your mental health, let us know. We’ll connect you with expert support teams.

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