In addition to responsibilities like work, family and everyday life, a breast cancer diagnosis adds a whole new layer of stress. There are ways to face those challenges, whether it’s at the time of diagnosis or years later.
The best way to deal with stress or anxiety is to practice coping techniques before you need them. If you can find a few ways to calm your mind and find resilience, then when a stressful moment comes, you will be equipped to face it head-on.
Sometimes the stress of your diagnosis or your everyday life can feel more than overwhelming. Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help if you need it. Mental health professionals, like a psychologist or social worker, are uniquely qualified to help you through these challenges and can be recommended by your oncologist or other healthcare provider.