Four “Musts” When Living With Mesothelioma: Stay Active
May 30, 2014 - Mesothelioma treatment almost always causes fatigue, leaving you too tired to do much, if any, activity. However, staying active is of the utmost importance to keeping a positive attitude as well as improving your quality of life while living with mesothelioma. The paradox is that activity and exercise can actually reduce your feelings of fatigue and also improve your ability to concentrate. During exercise, the brain produces beneficial chemicals that improve your mood and energy level. Exercise can also contribute to getting better sleep, as it prepares your body for relaxing rest. That’s why balancing exercise with rest can lessen the extreme exhaustion people feel while living with mesothelioma. Some useful strategies to follow when considering how to stay active while living with mesothelioma include:
- Talk with your doctor or healthcare practitioner about an exercise plan that's right for you.
- Ask someone to be your "exercise buddy" and join you for a regular activity. This will help you to stay motivated and accountable, increasing your chances of success.
- Employ assistive equipment where necessary. In other words, if walking is too difficult without assistance, use a walker or a cane rather than avoiding walking completely.
Despite the difficulty of staying active, many people living with mesothelioma find that the benefits of exercise are worth the effort. Some common benefits include:
- Improves energy levels
- Improves moods
- Improves heart health
- Improves strength
In the next and final installment of this four-part blog series, the fourth “must” for living with mesothelioma will be addressed: advocate for yourself. Reference: