Hello Friends of Enliven,
On what would have been the last Friday of March Break, we are settling in for an extended time of social distancing. In contrast, one of the main aims of Enliven is to reduce social isolation.
So how do we reconcile our current duty to global and community health and the Enliven goal of helping people staying connected? We know that many in treatment right now are susceptible to all forms of viruses and so the added stress of this pandemic will be challenging. Please consider the following ways to stay connected, hopeful and well.
Novel virus, novel feelings. Stress and anxiety are even more normal now; and having cancer may add to this response. Additional distressed feelings are going to visit. Remind yourself that this is normal. Our job, as we practice self care, is to find a way to release these feelings - from our minds, from our bodies, and from our hearts. We are facing a new virus, and new feelings can be expected. Use these feelings to motivate actions of wellness.
Just the facts. Learn about the pandemic and what it means for you as a patient, caregiver, or health professional. Shut down fearmongering -- credible sources are key: social media, and always consider the reliability of information you see on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Problems. When problems come up during our time of social isolation break them down with a problem-solving plan. What's really a problem? What can be deferred? Talk to someone about your problem. How do they see it? What are some possible solutions and how can Enliven help?
Be kind. It's always important, but these days it's critical. Be kind to yourself and to those you give care. And if the current situation overwhelms us - that's ok. We're human. The world is overwhelming now. Take a moment to breathe and reset.
Daily wellness plan. Set your day up so that wellness can be the star of the show. Eat healthfully, rest, drink water, move your body through space. Think about your wellness non-negotiables first thing in the morning. Set out the water pitcher. Put the walking shoes at the door. Cut up some celery and carrots. Easy, planned wellness gestures for every day will help now.
In cancer we hear 'one day at a time' often. These days, one day at a time, one hour at a time is the new reality. Let us be part of your wellness plan now. We are here for our members, friends and supporters during this pandemic. If you have cancer and are looking for help during this time of social isolation, reach out. We'll do all we can to ensure you have what you need.
Take good care,
Jackie Riley, E.D. Enliven Cancer Care: A Centre for Well-being in Cancer
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