This is the first of an occasional series, in which I share some of the things that have helped me remain active, sane, positive and cheerful over the last few years. I mean, it’s pretty crap having metastatic cancer – I’m not gonna lie – but most of the time I don’t think about it too much.
I probably actively avoid thinking about it. I trundle along, and with each bit of progression I have a bit of a jolt, do some time processing, and then put it all back in the box on the shelf. Is that a healthy way to deal with things? I’m not sure. I know I could paralyse myself with this, and that there have been some pretty dark and difficult times, and as a coping mechanism this seems to work for me.
That means these ideas are not just for people experiencing cancer. I think they’d be helpful for anyone with a long term illness, with a life that’s throwing crap at them, with a need to take a little care of themselves.
This is going to be an occasional series. Things pop up, I get enthused, and want to share them; or I realise that something I’ve been doing for a while is actually really helpful for me, and want to share that. It will be erratic and irregular.
This is the first one, then. The YOU-app. I’ve been using this for a while now – a few years, in fact. I might have read about it in an in-flight magazine – I really can’t remember now. It’s a lovely idea, put out by a group of young and beautiful Scandinavians – but don’t let that put you off.
At its most basic, it offers you a small action each day – a physical activity, something mindful or heartfelt – that will make your day a tiny bit better. You can record the action, and if you particularly like it, you can choose to make it a regular part of the day. If there’s something you want to work on, there are additional packs – some free, some for a nominal sum.
It’s a great combination of action and reflection, and I’ve found it surprisingly simple for something so apparently simple.
Oh- and you can build up a community there by following and being followed. If you decide to download it, let me know, and I’ll follow you – if you want. Have a look at it anyway, see what you think.
I am glad you have this resource to help you, and I continue to pray for you.
Thank you, that’s very kind. It’s amazing to think that somebody on the other side of the world takes the time to think of me! Things are going OK at the moment, I’m waiting for some scan results, and looking forward to Christmas.
Very glad to hear you’re doing all right. We lost our mom to cancer at the end of October, so yes, I am definitely thinking of you and sending prayers and good wishes. I cannot imagine what you’re going through, but know that you’re being thought of. Have a wonderful holiday as well.
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Thanks for the mention. I always enjoy your weekly round up.