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Are There Ways to Reduce Anxiety After Being Diagnosed With Cancer?

I was just diagnosed with cancer, and I'm completely freaked out! Are there any ways to reduce my anxiety?
 

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Experiencing anxiety is totally normal for people who have received a cancer diagnosis. In fact, having no anxiety might be a sign that someone is in denial! However, too much anxiety makes you (and those around you) miserable and can interfere with your ability to take care of yourself or plan for the future. What can you do? Plenty!
 
Consider joining a support group, either in "real life" or online, as it can be extremely comforting and enlightening to hear from others who are facing similar problems and experiencing similar emotions. Take time to do the unpleasant task of planning for what will happen if you die, as having those worries hanging over your head can really contribute to anxiety. You can do this early on after your diagnosis; it's a good idea for anyone to do this type of planning, whether they are sick or not.
 
Get accurate, realistic, and pertinent information. Some people find that scouring the Internet for information simply adds to their anxiety, and it's something they need to avoid. Others find the vast amounts of information comforting, as the fear of the unknown is what is often most upsetting.
 
Meditate, pray, or do whatever relaxes your body and mind. If you simply can't get a handle on your anxieties, talk to your doctor. Medications may be just what you need to take the edge off your anxiety so you (and those around you) can focus on living well, despite the day-to-day challenges of dealing with cancer.
 
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