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Managing Day-to-Day

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Managing Day-to-Day Managing Day-to-Day

Focusing on what matters most

In addition to the support of your health care team, having the resources you need and the support of friends and family is important. Gather your resources, and surround yourself with people who can help you stay focused on what matters. Always remember, you’re not alone. There is support. And where there is support, there is someone who cares.

 

Throughout your metastatic renal cell carcinoma (advanced kidney cancer) treatment, there may be days when you feel stressed—and that’s normal. Here are a few ideas that may help you during tough times.

Take a moment

When you feel yourself getting caught up in your daily routine, take a moment or two to breathe deeply and pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. You may find that what you’d really like to do is take time out from your routine for a walk or a phone call with a friend.

Get a little exercise

Exercise can help relieve stress, but don’t overdo it. Remember, exercise is best when enjoyed—so pick something you like. Ask your health care provider what type of exercise is right for you before starting.

Schedule a pleasant activity

Making time for the things you enjoy in life is important. Schedule dinner with a friend, time to chat with a relative, or a movie with a loved one. This time is just as important as an appointment with your health care team and that’s why scheduling it can help you make sure it happens.

Keep your sense of humor
It may be difficult, but try to find humor in something. Watch a funny movie, read a funny book—if it makes you laugh, chances are it may help reduce stress.

Get creative

Finding a creative outlet, such as painting, music, or writing, can be a great way to relax.

Express yourself
Journaling is a fun and expressive way to self-reflect, and it can be a good hobby to enjoy.

Some days, you may forget that you are the center of your health care team. Let your All-Star Team know when you need a hand so they can give you the support you need and help you remember that you are the most valuable player (MVP) on your team. Even if you don’t know anyone else living with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (advanced kidney cancer), your All-Star Team can be there for you no matter what. Talking about your feelings can help them relate to you and can help you feel like you have someone to lean on.

Having support is important because, when you need them most, members of your support system may help boost your mood, stay on track with VOTRIENT, and even provide motivation. Your support team is here to help you, so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Your All-Star Team can help you enjoy the moment

Build Your All-Star Team for times you need support (downloadable PDF).