You spend a great deal of time taking care of your basic needs. Sometimes, though, you need more. In the Pink shares a few tips you can follow to look and feel better about yourself when battling cancer.
Change Your Diet
For optimal energy and an appearance you’re proud of, your body needs certain vitamins and minerals. For example, you need B vitamins for metabolism and to have the optimal amount of energy.
Keep in mind that certain vitamins and minerals are necessary for the health and appearance of your hair, skin, and nails, including vitamin A, biotin, and vitamin C.
Generally, you should exercise for 30 minutes five days per week. If that seems like a great deal, keep in mind that you can break it down into small increments throughout the day.
Exercise can help you achieve the body you desire. You can work your core muscles, for example, to get the abs you dreamed about, or you can exercise to maintain a healthy weight. Consider joining the In the Pink Dragon Boat Teams to have fun while staying healthy.
Additionally, exercise may help improve your mental health. You can better manage stress when you exercise regularly. Exercise also causes your body to release endorphins—chemicals that stimulate happiness and pain relief.
Start a New Hobby
You might feel better about yourself if you try something new. You’ll work toward a goal and can feel proud of yourself as you improve on the skill.
If you choose a hobby that you used to excel at, it’s a reminder that you’re good at something. If you start a new hobby, you could discover you have a talent you didn’t know you had.
Moreover, taking a class related to a hobby could introduce you to people who have similar interests.
Take Time for Self-Care
Don’t let yourself get too caught up in your illness. Sometimes, you need to take time for yourself as well. In fact, you should strive to take 15 to 30 minutes each day for yourself.
“Me time” can help prevent health complications like strokes and heart attacks in the future. It can give you a chance to improve your mental health by giving you time to destress.
Try Going on a Staycation
When’s the last time you got away from it all? It was probably some time ago. Instead of spending a fortune on a vacation, you could plan a staycation. You’ll save money by sticking close to home and can still benefit from taking a break from everything—win-win.
For the ultimate way to spoil yourself, stay at a vacation rental equipped with a full kitchen. You can cook quality, nutritious meals even when you’re away.
No matter where you choose to stay, you’re bound to find nearby attractions that help you make the most of your trip. You can relax and still maintain your health.
Take Care of Your Skin
This seems trivial, but certain chemotherapy drugs are photosensitive and cause a skin reaction from the sun. Some immunotherapy and target therapies cause skin-related side effects. You can maintain healthy skin by using sunscreen regularly and avoiding products with harsh chemicals.
You can look and feel your best by eating right and exercising. It’s also important to take care of your mental health. For more support and resources to help you live your best life in the face of cancer, explore In the Pink today!
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