Does Spirituality Impact Breast Cancer?

 

 

 

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
spiritual..

 How do you build up your feelings of spirituality? Try the following, both

with yourself and with others:

       Practice love and compassion
                      Forgive
                      Accept imperfections
                      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
and heal.

 

 

              

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