It’s no secret that life can get tough. There are things that happen beyond our control, like a cancer diagnosis, that can turn life upside down and make you feel down, but it’s important to remember that things will get better if you take a proactive approach in making things better. Physical health and mental health go hand and hand, and there are several ways in which you can ease your mind and also improve your health while dealing with mesothelioma cancer.

1. Creativity

As important as it is to nurture our bodies with healthful foods and physical activity, it’s vital that we nurture and explore our minds—our creative side. Imagination doesn’t have to go away when you grow up, you just have to make sure to engage it. It can be as cathartic as it is productive; putting your feelings into what you are creating is often very therapeutic. So while you’re taking your walk, bring your camera and snap a few pictures. When you find the time, write down your thoughts and goals. Pick up and start that crafting project you always thought you wanted to try. Start a scrapbook to document family outings or just random creative presentation kits. Why wait? Channel all of your anxiety into things that can relax your mind and serve as an outlet of inner expression!

2. Interaction

One thing that is essential to our well-being is that feeling of being needed and heard. We can give so much back to the world, and it’s incredibly rewarding to give without expecting anything in return. One thing that I find extremely rewarding is the simple act of engaging with others around you—by sharing your story you’ll propel yourself into an environment where through encouragement, healing can take place. There is no shortage of things to do that will leverage that level of meaningful interaction. Whether it takes place online [through blogging or social networking], within your own community, or even at your own dinner table, communication is key and you will be so happy you did.

Inspire. Educate. Motivate.

Be inspired. Be educated. Be motivated.

3. Affirmations

It’s difficult sometimes to maintain a positive outlook in life, especially when times are tough. One helpful tip is to say daily affirmations from when you wake up to whenever you need to remind yourself just how wonderful you are. You can say anything you want: "I am strong and beautiful" or “I will be better than I was yesterday.” Anything that takes you to a more peaceful place is effective. Sit in the driver seat on your road to wellness and cheer on that “personal trainer” mentality—by knowing that “I can do this!” will turn into “I have done this!” As stated before, physical health and mental health go hand and hand, which is always something to remember.

4. Wellness

Our bodies are wonderful gifts that nature has bestowed on us, and if we take care of our bodies then they will take care of us. If you’re feeling stress or going through tough times, release that from your body. Exercise serves so many purposes—and exudes characteristics of being highly therapeutic. You don’t have to go to the gym and pump iron to exercise. Exercise can be done in the comfort of your own home and can be done at your own pace based on your own abilities. Eating healthy, following prescribed treatments and treating your body to the activity that it needs will help lay a good foundation for overall wellness!

When you learn how to find happiness during times of stress or unease, you are giving yourself a gift you truly deserve. Remember above all else: be kind to yourself.