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Cancer Hacks: Tools & Services To Heal Your Mind, Body & Wallet

Cancer Hacks: Tools & Services To Heal Your Mind, Body & Wallet

Like many of you, my life has been touched or shall we say ripped wide open by cancer. Friends and family have survived and died from this misunderstood condition. I have cared for those close to me until their passing and shouldered the fear and feelings of bodily betrayal that most face after diagnosis and through treatment. I’m not here to dwell on the pain or the past, but to offer guidance, hacks and solutions to help and heal those who are affected, whether they are friends, family or have cancer themselves.

Cancer is NOT a death sentence!

Hope and, more importantly, belief in a body’s ability to heal even the most terrifying of conditions is critical to healing. Those who discover ways to believe will have endless hope and have the best journeys. Cancer is simply a body in distress. Remove the distress and often bodies heal themselves to the bafflement of Western medicine. Come with me and get the best cancer hacks around. Don’t just survive it, thrive from it! Add to this list with your best hacks in the comment section below this article and join the conversation.

Mind Hacks

Get your mind in the right place and feel good doing it. Part entertainment, part storytelling and part just good advice, the following resources will get those gears cranking.

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1. Soul Touching Stories

Healthy at 100 is a great place to start for understanding how amazing the human body is. Chicken Soup for the Soul has nothing on this book. I listened to it for healing after those close to me passed. I had developed an irrational fear that my body would betray me and this book, through its storytelling narrative of amazing journeys, reset my thinking and put my mind at ease.

2. New Medicine for A New Way of Thinking

Knockout is the true story and amazing journey of Suzanne Sommers. I admit I had never really paid attention to her career until this riveting and eye opening book. For those who want to avoid the chemo route and want to course towards fascinating alternative treatment methods, Suzanne guides you towards the types of specialists to seek and helps you understand the methodology and thinking behind some of the world’s best minds in alternative cancer treatment. Her personal story is just the icing on top! (and it’s an amazing story)

3. Putting it in Perspective

The eight irresistible Principles of FUN! This video always makes people smile. Many people can’t stop working and must balance work, research, and healing all at once. This would make any person cranky and overwhelmed. This vid will help take those common feelings of regret, pain, fear & frustration right off the menu so anyone can work AND be happy.

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4. Connectivity

Get connected and tap into the cancer treatment community. Tell your story or simply pour through others stories and pull out the good bits! This cancer forum will get you started and give you a place to reflect and vent. http://www.cancerforums.net/

Body Hacks

Now let’s focus on the body with these great ways to bring the physical into the equation by taking action. It’s surprising what a body can do when the mind feels a purpose.

1. Take Action

It’s hard to remember all of the details when you are in the midst of the experience. The free mobile app at Cancer.Net Mobile is an amazing way to track questions and notes for your doctor as well as gain access to a library to learn about over 120 types of cancer.

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2. Boot Camp

http://beatcancerbootcamp.com/ is a physical way to take action and hone the body and mind into a single, powerful unit to power you towards health. This site offers boot camps, outreach and has been featured on PBS and The Biggest Loser.

3. Yoga for Cancer

http://life.gaiam.com/article/cancer-survivors-thrive-yoga Read all about the softer side of movement that helps survivors through treatment and during recovery. There are so many inspiring stories and personal insights to help illuminate the mind-body connection for health.

Wallet Hacks

1. Crowd-funding for Treatment

http://www.donationto.com/ has free and paid fundraising accounts that let you personalize your own donation page and upload as many photos as you want. There are many stories on the site of families raising over $6,000 towards loved ones’ care. I did a similar thing on craigslist and asked for some educational video games for my niece who was born without kidneys and slipping in school because of all her treatments and dialysis. People give when you bear your heart and just have the courage to ask.

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2. Borrow Against Life Insurance

Life Credit Company is worth a look if you have a life insurance policy and are looking at bills piling up. This is a novel idea and great place to check out if you are having trouble paying bills but you have a policy behind you.

Beyond the Label of Cancer

It is my personal wish that every person who reads this sees beyond cancer as a label or an identity. If you are already there, then you are further than most. Dig in, trust your body, love your friends and family and thrive, don’t just survive.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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