With mesothelioma, lifestyle changes may be in order

Since there is no cure for mesothelioma, it's easy for victims to lose hope and sink into a deep depression. However, it's important to remember that as long as there is life, there is hope that a cure will emerge.

It's important to keep in mind that mesothelioma patients can also be proactive in making lifestyle changes that can enhance their quality of life for the time they have left.

Eat a better diet

Are you a junk food junkie? Eating a lot of processed foods, fast food fare and sweets full of high-fructose corn syrup is counter-productive for anyone seeking better health — and especially so for mesothelioma sufferers.

To feel better and give yourself more energy, try eating more meals that are based on natural ingredients like fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. Some may find their illness or its treatments cause them to lose their appetites. Eating smaller portions multiple times per day may be a better option than attempting to consume three larger meals.

Kick the habit

When you are already suffering a malady that affects the lungs, smoking is probably the worst habit to continue. Ask your physician for some tips to quit smoking or consider a smoking cessation program to help you cut back gradually.

Reduce stress as much as possible

Easier said than done, admittedly, but there are steps to take that may reduce the level of stress you are currently under. Asking family and friends to step in when necessary may not be easy, but keep in mind that they most likely are willing to do all that they can to make your life easier.

Mesothelioma patients may derive some benefits from alternative therapies and practices such as acupuncture and meditation. As always, turn to the doctor spearheading your treatment before introducing any new elements into your life.

Stop drinking alcohol

Lots of people drink socially with few adverse repercussions, but for mesothelioma patients, any benefits are far outweighed by the risks. If you already are struggling with substance abuse issues, you might find support in attending AA meetings to help you on the road to abstinence.

Lastly, rather than focusing on an unknowable future, you may take comfort in experience joy in the moment from the simple pleasures of life — watching sunrises or sunsets, spending quality time with friends and family, and taking walks with your beloved canine companion. Spending your time enjoying your favorite things may bring you a level of comfort that helps you face what lies ahead.

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