Wellness Ways for Survivors

Highbush SalmonberriesDo at least one wellness activity to take good care of YOU every day. Realize it may take a bit before your strength and health returns, so don’t be hard on yourself – be SWEET to yourself 🙂

  • S = Sleep: Be consistent in your sleep habits, try to sleep at least 7 hours a night.
  • W = Water: Drink at least 6 cups a day.
  • E = Eat well: Eat your traditional foods and lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • E = Exercise: Even 20 minutes a day of walking helps. Walk 20 minutes a day if you’re able to, break it up if you cannot do it minutes all at once and then work your way up. Think of exercise as moving, not going to the gym.
  • T = Thought/Talk: Think gentle and kind thoughts about yourself. Talk to other survivors, a trusted person in your life, to help you transition from treatments to survivorship.

I would also add to this as a part of your wellness activities is to laugh 🙂

Here are some websites to help you on your journey to wellness:

American Indian Cancer Foundation: Healthy Native Foods – http://www.americanindiancancer.org/healthynativefoods

State of Alaska Health & Social Services: Nellie’s Recipes (Alaska Native Foods) – http://dhss.alaska.gov/dsds/documents/rural/nellies_recipes.pdf

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Your Emotions after Treatment – http://www.dana-farber.org/For-Adult-Cancer-Survivors/Caring-For-Yourself-After-Cancer/Your-Emotions-After-Treatment.aspx

American Institute for Cancer Research: After Cancer Treatment – http://www.aicr.org/patients-survivors/after-cancer-treatment.html