Katia Narain-Phillips and Nadia Narain, authors of Self-Care for the Real World, look at five tips that may help support you moving forward after treatment.
Self-care is important for anyone, but particularly after you have finished breast cancer treatment.
My treatment is finished, but i'm not back to normal. I don't want to return to my old habits of living with stress every day.-BECCA user
1. Managing anxiety
Nadia's breathing techniques:
- Focus on your breath by taking a deep breath in for two counts and out for four counts.
- Then inhale for three counts and exhale for six.
- Then inhale for four counts and exhale for eight.
2. Getting active
Nadia's simple exercise tips:
- Gentle yoga class, specialising in cancer care
3. Eating healthily
- Home-cooked food
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Ask for help if you're unable to cook for yourself
4. Feelings of guilt
- Be gentle with yourself, as you would with a child or a friend
5. Struggling to sleep
- Try not to have caffeine too late in the afternoon
- Avoid using digital screens about an hour before you go to bed
- Get the room ready for bedtime - draw the curtains, dim the lights, or try spraying lavender oil, to make your room a sanctuary.
You can find healthy recipes, links to cancer-specific yoga classes, information on mindulness and more in BECCA, our free app for anyone adapting to life after breast cancer treatment.