Many ways, but today I'll talk about one: sleep. Everyone knows that adequate amounts of good quality sleep are essential to physical and mental health. Lack of sleep not only leads to grumpiness (and if the deprivation is prolonged, psychosis) but also immune system dysfunction. A Reuters news release earlier this week included researchers' findings that too little sleep increased the risk of cancer.
It's no surprise that when dealing with a new diagnosis or with difficult treatment, sleep can get out of whack. Anxiety, anger and other emotions can make it difficult to fall asleep and/or stay asleep. Especially if the sleep problems are prolonged, sleep deprivation can become a handicap to healing.
Guidance in coping skills leads to changes that can make things go more smoothly during the day. In combination with providing a safe place to express uncensored thoughts and feelings, psychological interventions could help people sleep better at night and thus enjoy the health benefits.
As a Healthy Survivor, talk openly with your healthcare team about any sleep difficulties, even if minor. And don't wait. Bring attention to any problems before sleep deficits accrue. By ensuring they are well-rested, Healthy Survivors help themselves live as fully as possible under the circumstances.