It’s human nature to do certain things to be able to cope and manage difficult situations. Coping styles vary — from a sense of spirituality to talking to a therapist to distractions via work or hobbies. Although these strategies are inherently different from one another, they all have a common purpose, that is to help you regain strength and comfort after your prostate cancer diagnosis.
Here at our New York prostate health center, we encourage our patients to practice the following strategies to help cope with prostate cancer:
1. Be informed. A lot of our patients feel calm and in control when they actively seek information.
2. Write down everything that worries you. Afterwards, identify practical steps that could help you deal with these worries.
3. Talk about your feelings rather than blocking out or fighting negative thoughts.
4. Evaluate your response to what’s happening to you. You may be surprise to find out that you’re actually being negative the whole time.
5. Identify and obtain support — from talking to family members to joining support groups.
6. Take good care of yourself, including avoiding activities that easily stresses you out, adhering to a diet that will help you improve your prostate health, and finding time to engage in physical activity every day.
7. Take time out and engage in leisurely activities.
8. Remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay to be uncertain of the future. Don’t expect to have everything all figured out.
9. Realize that you are not alone. Read on other people’s experiences with prostate cancer and how they’ve dealt with it.
10. Draw on your past experiences for strength. Recall those times when you had to overcome a tough situation. Recall those strategies you did to overcome such difficulties and figure out if they can be applied to your current situation.
Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment in New York
Dan Sperling, MD is a premier authority and pioneer in the use of MRI-Guided prostate imaging. His groundbreaking work at The Sperling Prostate Center represents a new paradigm in both the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Call us now at 877-605-2737 or fill out this contact form to request a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!