Stay Healthy With An Individual Health Program When Coping with Cancer

Coping with Cancer Through Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions

Long ago, humans used the fight-or-flight response to survive natural threats, such as man-eating tigers. Today, the stress response has become a complicated dynamic, linking mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Ironically, the responses originally designed to help us survive threats today can put you at risk for health problems and disease. But it doesn't have to be that way. Stress can also motivate you to seek help, resolve issues, practice forgiveness, and find inner peace. The most effective stress-management program, regardless of circumstance, is based on the idea of balance. Many things can knock you off center, but if you recognize this and seek to restore your sense of balance, you can move toward a state of equilibrium. First, let's look at the aspects of cancer associated with stress, and then focus on how you can cope with it by finding peace mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


The fear of cancer

There are many reasons why stress arises at the mere mention of the word cancer. There are many fears associated with the disease, including: 

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Online Medical Reviewer: Gersten, Todd, MD 
Online Medical Reviewer: Ziegler, Olivia, MS, PA 

Date Last Reviewed: 1/18/2016 

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