Coping with Cancer

Chances are you know someone who’s had cancer, or you know someone who knows someone who’s had cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can obliterate that sense of control and security you have over your life. A sense of powerlessness can turn every minor ache or long-healing cut into a point of anxiety. Even when the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery are in the rearview, the possibility of it reoccurring is like a shadow. Remember there’s no shadow without a light.

According to popular beliefs, a positive mindset can curb the anxiety related to an illness, or even cure the illness altogether.

Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) is the study of how the mental state influences diseases and healing, specifically between the brain and the immune system. It shows scientific proof that positive thinking elicits biological and physical improvement.

PNI can help a cancer patient, in any stage of the disease, through coping techniques such as guided visualization, creative outlets, stress management, and individual and group therapy. Mental health is a crucial aspect of the healing process and an important part of self-care.

Ashtoria Aesthetics & Wellness incorporates PNI techniques to help those dealing with cancer. Mental health and physical health aren’t unrelated entities, and the relationship between them should be protected. Take advantage of the healing that can happen inside you. Operating in the here and now means living each day as your authentic self and cherishing the important relationships in your life.

Carla Morgan is a Chemist and Medical Aesthetician with a Masters in Psychology. Her unique approach to healthy skin and a healthy mind is exclusively available at Ashtoria Aesthetics & Wellness. To book a private consult call 901.310.3530. Ashtoria.com

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