Five Things to Help Cushion The Shock
Hearing you have breast cancer is a shock to your system. Here are Five things that can help.
Emotional upset is natural. If you are waiting to hear a diagnosis, or have just received one; call a close friend or family member who you know can be there for you emotionally.
Crying is cleansing. It also releases the stress.
According to some health-professionals, crying can reduce your blood pressure.
Doctors also say crying reduces manganese, a mineral that affects mood. Shock is hard on your physical body. Allow yourself the release.
Crying can draw you nearer to God, who will help you through this crisis.
Crying is also draining. It may allow you to rest when it has been difficult to do so.
Tears also release feelings. Your emotions should not be kept bottled up or hidden. Be vulnerable. Let others in. Let God in.
2.Work it Out
Diffusing the shock from a health crisis may require some physical activity. Walking vigorously, running, swimming or other activity can release tension, stimulate endorphins (“happy”chemicals) and give you a new sense of determination for the long haul. It can build back self-esteem, empowering you to act on decisions and building optimism.
As in previous posts, journaling helps you to express your heart. Other creativity can do the same. Paint while you cry, and let the images express what your heart feels. Play a musical instrument and immerse yourself in the moods. Cooking can have the same affect. Learning how to cook for better health may be a motivator to help you over the hurdle of emotionalism. Focusing on other things may ease away the feelings of shock and fear.
Remember that there is no shame in talking with a professional. If your emotionalism goes unchecked for a period of time, does not seem to abate at all, or if you are losing a great deal of sleep- it may be time to make that move to seeking a counselor. There is also nothing WEIRD about feeling out of control or emotional. It comes with the territory.
5. Rely on God’s faithfulness
Remember that though these verses may not be welcome in your time of turmoil, God will draw near to you.
- Our God is Still on the Throne: He Rules. He Knows. He Cares
Isaiah 55:8-11 ESV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. ….”
- His Grace Surpasses All:
2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) “9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
- God is our strength:
Psalm 46:1(KJ) “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
- Obstacles and trials may be a benefit to others:
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV) “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
- God loves you
Romans 8:35-39 (NIV) “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”
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