How to Cope with Anxiety Before Radiation

A young caring doctorWhether you have a form of cancer or your doctor has recommended that you receive radiation for another type of medical condition, the thought of receiving this complex treatment can make anybody feel anxious. In order to combat your nerves and calm your jitters, try these three relaxation techniques before your next appointment.

Meditation

Yes, it might sound like something your hippie next door neighbor would encourage that you do, but meditation is proven to help calm nerves and relax your mind. If you have a radiation treatment in the morning, try to meditate the night before in order to help you get a good night sleep. Simply sit on the floor or a yoga mat with your legs crossed and your eyes clothes. Start by breathing in deep and exhaling slow. Slowly relax your mind and try to not focus on anything. As soon as your mind starts to wander, bring it back to focus and relax. Try this practice for 10-15 minutes, and see if you can gradually work up to an hour.

Deep Breathing

Learning how to calm your breath is one of the best ways to cure anxiety on the spot. For example, if you show up to get your radiation done and you start to feel anxious, ask the doctor for one more minute. During this minute, try to only think about your breathing. Slowly take a deep breath in and then equally exhale, controlling your breath. Continue this process for about 5-10 times, until you start to feel yourself relax.

Avoid Caffeine

Although most of us can’t live without our daily dose of coffee, on the day of your radiation treatment try to avoid caffeine. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it can tend to increase your heart rate, making you feel a little more anxious. Instead, drink a hot cup of herbal tea before your appointment. The herbs and warm water will help to calm you down.

Undergoing radiation treatment can be scary for just about anyone. If you notice that you’re feeling anxious, try these three techniques.

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