As noted in the wellbeing plans above, you will face barriers to prioritising your wellbeing.
Life can be busy, stressful and unpredictable, especially following cancer treatment.
It is so important to be aware and notice when this happens, and bring compassion to yourself to allow yourself to prioritise your wellbeing.
When our wellbeing is good, our physical health improves and we are more able to cope with stresses in life. So investing in our wellbeing will help us to be the best versions of ourselves and able to cope with what life throws our way. You can only be there as a family member/parent/friend/colleague (etc.) if you are well in yourself, both psychologically
Make sure that you complete the relevant sections in the wellbeing plans of how you will prioritise your wellbeing, or get back on track if this starts to slip. You can update this as time goes on as you get to know yourself more, and see what works for you and what doesn’t.
As well as prioritising SMART goals, the below pointers may help you to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle and wellbeing habits:
Cancer can be a hidden disability in that the signs of ill health may not be immediately visible. This can also be the case following cancer treatment. This can lead people to feel unsupported or that there is a lack of compassion for what they are going through.
Some people can feel pressure to “go back to normal” after cancer treatment. Life seems to go back to normal for everyone else, but your life may be very different. This can feel very isolating or strange for some people.
Every situation is individual, but some people may find that cancer has changed their relationships. Sometimes friends and family can process the psychological aspects earlier in your cancer journey as they are not also going through the physical toll of treatment.
This can mean that they need less time to adjust following the end of treatment
compared to you. Equally it might be that you want things to get back to normal but other people are anxious about you, or are looking out for signs that something could be wrong. Working on communication with your family and loved ones can be very helpful, making sure that you communicate with each other what you need. If you have developed wellbeing plans, then sharing these with your loved ones might help with these discussions.
This can also be an issue if you are able to return to work. Occupational support and being ongoing assessment of what support you will need is essential.
The advice on these pages is designed to help you prepare for the treatment ahead and support you through to recovery.
If you need further advice and support please discuss this with your key worker or healthcare professional.