Transport into a new world with a good book and you won’t be able to think about the stress brought by chemo anymore! Books can keep your mind working and it’s also a productive hobby. You may want to read books about nature, inspiring stories, business management, or whatever genre would make you feel better.
Drawing or Painting
According to the study carried out by the National Institutes of Health, art activities that call for creativity can lower anxiety and depression levels, as well as enhance the quality of life of cancer patients. Drawing, sketching, coloring, or painting anything that represents your dreams and aspirations in life will help you forget all your troubles. Doing so may even encourage you to stay strong, be positive, and healthy in order to achieve your goals.
Discovering New Music
If you don’t feel like moving a lot, you can just grab a pair of headphones, and listen to your favorite songs or discover new artists and songs! Studies show that listening to music can help cancer patients control their moods and accost their sickness with confidence.
You can try MusicFirst—an app made for cancer patients which includes music that can help you overcome therapy.
Noting down your experiences and feelings during chemotherapy is also a great outlet for the pain or doubts you have. Please don’t worry about the organization of ideas, grammar, punctuation, and others! Let your journal simply speak of your reflections and thoughts. If you run out of ideas, you can check Writing Through Cancer. It’s a website that gives weekly writing prompts to patients. When writing, remember to just open your mind and write whatever you have in mind. You might want to write poems or short stories too! It’s the ideal time to begin.
Why not try making origami or knitting too? These two can keep your eyes and hands busy and improve your hand-eye coordination. It’s also an excellent way to make the seemingly unending day pass. Aside from the entertainment crafting can offer, it also helps improve one’s memory and cognitive function.