This is a worrying time for everyone, and if you have cancer, you’ve already got a lot to deal with. We’ve tried to answer some common questions about cancer, coronavirus and supporting your mental health and wellbeing. But if you have more questions, you can always talk to your GP or care team.
I’ve got cancer and coronavirus is impacting my mental health. What help is there?
Having limited contact with friends and family can be really hard.
Sharing how you’re feeling with your clinical team or Youth Support Coordinator can be a good first step. They are there to look after all parts of your health, not just the physical side.
They might be able to suggest some things to help, or tell you about any local support you could use. Whatever you’re feeling, you’re not alone and the team are there to help.
Young people with cancer often have to self-isolate as part of their treatment anyway, even without a pandemic like coronavirus. That means the young people we support have lots of tips and tricks to make this time easier.
Check out our isolation hacks to help you plan your week.
Our information pages also include recipes to try, art and crafts ideas, mindfulness and wellbeing activities and blogs from people who have been through it too.
There are some simple things you can do to stay mentally and physically active during this time:
- Look for ideas for exercises to do at home on the NHS website
- Spend time doing things you enjoy – reading, cooking and other indoor hobbies
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs
- Spend some time outside to exercise where national or local restrictions apply
- Arrange virtual meet-ups with friends and family
The people around me aren’t following coronavirus guidelines. What should I do?
It’s really important that everyone follows government guidelines to keep everyone safe and help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
That includes things like shielding if advised to, staying at a social distance (2 metres where possible), washing your hands regularly, and wearing masks in enclosed spaces.
If the people around you, like family you live with or friends you’re able to see, aren’t following the guidelines, that might make you feel especially nervous about staying safe.
Try talking with them and explaining how it makes you feel. It might be that they’re not sure what they can and can’t do now things are changing rapidly.
It might also help to explain that you are considered clinically extremely vulnerable and that it’s very important that you and those around you follow the rules to keep you safe.
If you still feel uncomfortable, talk to those around you. This might feel awkward, but putting your health first is always ok, and those around you should understand that.
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