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Tips for Mesothelioma Patients for Dealing With Negative Emotions

Posted by Michael Throneberry | Sep 10, 2023

When a person receives a mesothelioma diagnosis, many thoughts go through their mind. While every mesothelioma patient responds differently to their diagnosis, what is constant is that most, if not all, mesothelioma patients have negative feelings about their diagnosis. This is entirely normal. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal disease, and mesothelioma treatment can be expensive. While negative emotions after a mesothelioma diagnosis are completely normal, sometimes these feelings can be overwhelming. Negative emotions after a mesothelioma diagnosis can adversely impact a patient's life quality. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with negative feelings after a mesothelioma diagnosis. Below, we share some tips for dealing with negative feelings after a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Tip #1: Talk to Other People

The first thing mesothelioma patients can do that can help them deal with negative emotions is talking to other people. Talking to another person can be emotionally relieving for a mesothelioma patient. For example, mesothelioma patients can speak to friends and family.

Support groups are also available. In a support group, mesothelioma patients can talk to other patients going through the same thing and survivors. It can be comforting to speak to people with similar experiences who can empathize.

A mesothelioma patient can also find a counselor to talk to. Because a counselor is professionally trained, they may be in a better position to help a patient find ways of managing stress, anxiety, and other negative feelings.

Tip #2: Look for Ways to Relax

It can also be helpful to look for ways to relax. And not only can relaxing help a patient deal with their negative emotions, but it can also help them deal with the pain and discomfort associated with mesothelioma treatment. If you do not already know things that allow you to relax, the following are some ideas;

  • Listening to music
  • Enjoying nature
  • Walking
  • Trying a craft
  • Relaxation exercises such as yoga, deep breathing, and meditation

Tip #3: Exercise

Rest is highly crucial for mesothelioma patients. However, exercise can also provide important benefits. According to several studies, exercising and staying active can help improve symptoms and side effects of some cancer treatments. Additionally, exercising and staying active can help a patient's emotional state. Exercising and staying active can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.  By exercising, patients can keep their minds off the worry and stress.

When it comes to exercise, mesothelioma patients should engage in physical activities according to the extent to which they are able to be active. Examples of physical activities that may be safe include walking, yoga, tai chi, and Pilates.

It is crucial to conclude by mentioning that research does not support the idea that having a positive attitude can fight mesothelioma. However, a positive attitude can improve a patient's quality of life and help them through treatment.

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Michael Throneberry

Attorney Michael Throneberry graduated from Purdue University with a Civil Engineering degree. He then served with the United States Army...

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