Enjoy the holiday season without letting cancer keep you down


Holidays are typically viewed as a festive and joyful time. Many people enjoy getting together with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts and celebrating traditions. However, if you or a loved one has been affected by cancer, this holiday season may need to be spent a little differently. It might be important to slow down, simplify and find what works best and is most comfortable for you.  
Here are some mind-body tips to help you take care of yourself during the holidays! 
Have a positive attitude.
Open your heart to the possibilities around you.
Love the ones you’re with.
If some is good, more is not always better - as in holiday treats and drinks!
Do be mindful of the true meaning of the holidays.  
Add stretches, sighs, deep breathing and even yawns to decrease anxieties.
Yes and No. Say yes to what you want and can, and no to what you don’t and can’t!
Savor the seasonal smells, sounds and sights.
Unwind with a long, mindful walk.
Rest your mind and body. Try to get 8 hours of sleep each night.
Vitalize with exercise. Daily exercise increases energy level.
Improve immune health with quiet meditation and prayer. 
Volunteer. It feels good to give!
Ask friends and family for help. Extra hands and hearts are part of the season!
Laugh as much as possible!
Rita Gingrich, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Mind-Body CounselorWishing you a year-long season of gratitude, love and peace. 

Rita Gingrich, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Mind-Body Counselor  
The Mind-Body Counselors at Goshen Center for Cancer Care are available this season, and every season, for patients and their families. They focus on helping patients manage stress and develop healthy ways of coping with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. For more information, call our Cancer Care Help Line at (888) 492-HOPE.