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TIPS WE LIVE
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Our go-to secrets for feeling and looking our best
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We believe in embracing wellness as a fabulous lifestyle, not a task. Because let’s face it: when we have a big set of chores, unless we’re having that superwoman day – we put them off. The last thing we want is another full-time job, and all the reading and research can sure seem like one (let alone putting your plan into action). There is a lot of information out there that can be overwhelming, but we have compiled some of the tips that we personally love, and live. We’ve asked a variety of experts and they’ve weighed in on the discussion.

HAVE A WELLNESS PLAN
Sleep. Nutrition. Exercise. When it comes to mental and overall health, putting in place a simple plan to stay mindful of these three things can make a world of difference. Dr. Wendy Baer, Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, suggests that sleep, diet, and exercise be key factors in a recovery wellness plan.

STICK TO IT
Keep a sticky note by your bed with an inspirational quote. We have even been known to place “sleep, diet, exercise” at the very top of our daily planners so we remember to keep ourselves a priority, even when we’re busy being a girl-on-the-go.

Tips We Live UTILIZE RESOURCES
Part of living well is becoming aware of resources that are available to support you. Stay tuned into your community and find out what it has to offer. You know yourself best, so trust yourself and seek any kind of service you think could be helpful.

BE YOUR ADVOCATE
Ask questions. Ask for referrals. If you want clarity on something that could be giving you anxiety, like how often you’ll be going in for follow-up scans, ask for the information that you want. Stress and anxiety raise cortisol levels, which work against your body in recovery. 

SMELL THE ROSES
Even if it is just for 5 or 10 minutes a day, allow yourself time to slow down and quiet your mind. If you feel your anxiety level start to rise, focus attention on taking deep breaths in and out. Angela Buttimer points out that breath work is perfect because we always have access to the breath. Deep belly breathing can relax the physiology pretty immediately. When we get stressed we tend the hold the breath or hyperventilate.

■  Lauren M. Garvey

 
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WE ASKED THE EXPERTS
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If you could give one tip to someone recovering from treatment, what would it be?
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“Move. The best way to take care of your body and get back in the gym or
whatever physical fitness routine you plan to start, the best thing to do is start
moving. Walk 20 minutes a day to start. The most important thing is to make
moving part of your life.” – Jude Owolabi, M.S., ACSM-HFS

“A lot of rest is important because when cells are not regenerating as
quickly, you will not have as much energy. The rest and recovery phase
after exercise is what builds those cells and increases energy levels.”
Hahns Petty, B.S., ACSM-HFS

“There is a lot of hype out there about different foods. There is no one food that
is going to keep you cancer free. Eat food that makes you feel good every day, like
fruits and veggies. Take care of yourself by enjoying real food and eating mindfully.”
Chef Nancy Waldeck

“Love yourself and really hold yourself with compassion. Even if it feels strange, put
yourself first.  In all of your daily choices and endeavors, practice radical self-care, self-love and self-honor. These principles are essential in Mindfulness.”
Angela Buttimer, M.S., NCC, RYT, LPC

 
 
 
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