Newly Diagnosed? Stay Motivated, Read This…

Being newly diagnosed with cancer is like sitting at the bottom of a vast mountain, looking at the top and thinking, “How the hell am I going to get up there?”

But here’s the thing: some people shy away from the challenge, while others give it a shot but lose hope halfway through. And then some persevere, reach the summit, and see the awe-inspiring view.

So, which type of person do you want to be? Of course, the one who embraces the journey overcomes the obstacles and savours the breath taking view from the top.

But how do you get there without losing motivation? How do you make those positive lifestyle choices and plough through treatment when it’s the last thing you feel like doing?

Here are three strategies to keep your motivation up and push yourself to the top of the mountain.

Focus on today

First things first, focus on the present moment. The past is gone, and you can’t change it. The future is uncertain, so there’s no use worrying about it. Instead, shift your mind to the here and now. Taking action in the present can set the stage for a better tomorrow. By adopting healthy lifestyle choices today, you’re building a solid foundation for your cancer treatment. Embrace each moment, engage with your loved ones, nourish your body with nutritious meals, and do the exercise you’ve always wanted to try. Stop dwelling on the past or fretting about the future. Concentrate on taking small, positive steps daily; before you know it, you’ll have paved a clear path to the top of the mountain.

Focus on what you can control and not what you can’t

You can only control your mind and your body – nothing else.
You can’t change the fact that you have cancer, but you can take control of your mind and body. Direct your attention towards things you can change. Make conscious choices about your exercise routine, the food you consume, your words, and how you engage with others. You have autonomy over your life, from where you work to your friends and even your mindset. While you may be unable to control how you feel, you can manage how you convey those emotions to the world. Be mindful of your words and find healthy outlets, like exercise or mindfulness, to cope with stress. Remember, you hold the power over your life.

No one is coming to do this for you.

Now, here’s a truth that might be harsh but important to acknowledge: no one is coming to save you. It’s a tough reality, but it’s reality nonetheless. While we can rely on others during difficult times, the ultimate responsibility lies with us. This is your cancer journey, and it’s up to you to take control of your treatment and pull yourself through to the other side. You possess the strength and skills acquired from navigating tricky situations. Now is the time to apply everything you’ve learned to this moment. Prioritize your well-being, know what actions make you feel good and avoid anything that hampers your mental health. You have what it takes to overcome this challenge.

Let’s take a deep breath and pause for just five minutes. Reflect on how these three points can be applied to your life. I believe in you; you’ve got this! Keep your focus on reaching the top of that mountain, and I promise the view will be worth it.

Victoria Walsh
Health Coach and cancer patient

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Blog post inspired by the fabulous Mel Robbins

Victoria Walsh

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