This year has been difficult for many Australians, and in these times of uncertainty it is important that you take steps to look after yourself and your mental wellbeing.
For people living with lung disease or lung cancer, mental health and emotional wellbeing are important aspects of managing your condition. Research has shown that mental health can have a significant impact on physical health. It can be easy to neglect your mental health when faced with the physical challenges of a lung condition, however, the two should not be thought of separately.
Having regular discussions with your treating healthcare team or GP about your mental health and emotional wellbeing is important and you should seek advice on what steps you can take to proactively care for and manage your mental health.
Other ways that you can look after your emotional wellbeing is to implement self-care practices into your daily routine. Self-care means taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health, and this can help you remain positive during uncertain and stressful periods. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or take a lot of time.
Some self-care activities can include:
- Staying in touch with family and friends
- Dedicating time to a favourite hobby or activity
- Ensuring that you are eating well and getting enough rest
- Exercising regularly
- Seeking help and additional support when you need it.
Remember that you are not alone and Lung Foundation Australia is here to support you by connecting you with the information, resources and support you need to live you best life.
Contact our Information and Support Centre on free call 1800 654 301.
Living with a lung disease or lung cancer can bring about a range of different emotions which may include shock, sadness, anger, disbelief and worry. This is completely normal. Coping with your diagnosis can feel like a full-time job, and it can take a psychological toll. Visit our website page on mental health to learn strategies to care for your mental and emotional wellbeing.