Techniques to Reduce Chemo Brain part 2

Cancer has so many side effects, but chemo brain can become one of the hardest. Not being able to do the things you used to be able to do with ease, can have an impact on your mental health, which in the long run can make chemo brain worse. But there are things you can do to help you live a better life. 

Try these tips:

Exercising the Brain 

 
  • During treatment you may become too ill to do much. Resting all the time can make you feel like you are not living life, but learning something new can help boost your positivity.
  • Learning a new language, or taking an online class, are great ways to do this. By doing this your brain builds new cells and strengthens connections between the cells.
  • When you learn something new you are exercising your brain, which can help improve cognitive functions such as concentration, attention to detail, memory recall and problem solving, and also reduce the chance of developing dementia. 

Regular Exercise

  • Exercise doesn't only help keep your body healthy during treatment but can have amazing impacts on your brain.
  • Mental health can also have an impact on chemo brain, but by exercising your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. Resulting in being able to sleep better and stay asleep for longer, which will improve chemo brain. 
Quick Exercise
  • Quick bursts of movement are great if your stress is making you feel jittery or like your heart is beating faster than normal.

 

Stretching 
  • Take 10 minutes to breathe and stretch in anyway that feels good to you. 
  • This will relax your breathing and help the mind focus on stretching instead of any  worries you may have. 
Use a detailed daily planner, notebooks, reminder notes, or your smartphone
  • Keeping everything in one place makes it easier to find the reminders you may need, keep track of appointments and schedules, to-do lists, important dates ect.
  • Try sticking notes around the house to help remind you.
  • Never be afraid to ask family and friends for help, we all need help at some point!