Does spirituality make a difference in how a patient adjusts to breast cancer?
According to recent studies, the answer is yes. It does depend, however, on whether spirituality/religiosity was already part of a patient's life prior todiagnosis. The complex thing about defining spirituality is that it has so many meanings. I like to think that spirituality means "a feeling of being connected to something larger than yourself." (This is just my opinion). I think it is also a feeling that all beings are interconnected, and there is a higher purpose or reason for life events. Therefore, you don't necessarily need to belong to, or follow the tenets of a particular religion in order to be
How do you build up your feelings of spirituality? Try the following, both
with yourself and with others:
Practice love and compassion
Learn to be okay with the unknown
To help feel more connected to others:
Volunteer for a cause that is close to your heart.
other in person is best.
Reach out and connect with friends and family. Seeing each
Practice a random act of kindness
In addition, practicing good self-care -- getting enough rest, eating healthy
foods, going to your doctor appointments -- increases your ability to adapt