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What are your favorite hobbies and distractions?

Whether it's scanxiety, biopsies or something unrelated to blood cancer, we all feel overwhelmed from time to time. What are your favorite ways to get your mind off things and feel better?

  1. Work and inputting the most into my business. I feel busy when I stay busy... until I can't.

    1. Wherever possible I play music in the background. I've discovered new genres and revisited the old classics. It can reinvigorate my day or help me to relax. While self isolating it can be a mood booster. Truly therapeutic in so many ways.

      1. Art, music, and dance are forms of creative expression that can help you process and cope with emotional issues, including depression. Expressive therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy. It focuses on creative outlets as a means of expression. This therapy can be especially helpful for people who find it difficult to talk about their thoughts and emotions.

        Expressive therapy can include various forms of artistic expression. This can include:

        art

        music

        dance

        drama

        writing and storytelling

        In expressive therapy, the therapist encourages you to use these arts to communicate emotions and life events. These are often subjects that you may find difficult to put into words.

        1. One very powerful distraction is to look beyond yourself and reach out to others. While i have experienced blood cancer and an aggressive form of prostate cancer you do not need an identical condition to support someone who needs a friendly smile or conversation.
          I am currently working with someone now who has cancer of the esophagus and a woman who has breast cancer. Just the fact you have fought a cancer battle and are still here is often a source of strength to someone. In the process you also lose sight of your own concerns

        2. This is right up my ally, I'm not the best at using my words to express myself, but I always use my action to express how I feel. I'm a big believer that action speak louder than words. I also love to dance my feelings, your right! Dance helps me creatively express myself. <3 Amanda (Blood-cancer.com team member) <3

      2. I love to dance, exercise, sing (but I'm not the best singer), making memories, being creative, taking pictures, making meaningful gifts, volunteering, surrounding myself with animals, reading, meaningful wisdom, talking to God, praying, worship, and watching movies. Being creative really distractions me, staying humble, thinking of the blessings right in front of me, working in purpose and knowing I'm working in purpose helps bring an unspeakable joy that keeps me grounded in what I'm so post to be doing so that I don't worry about the things that could push me into anxiety, fear, sadness, the rabbit hole of many questions. Amanda Panda (Blood-cancer.com team member) <3

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