Many young adult survivors experience stress and worry as a result of their childhood cancer diagnosis, treatment, and side effects. For some, this type of stress can be severe and impact their sense of well-being. The effects of stress can build up over time, so taking steps to cope with "survivor stress" can help reduce or prevent stress-related physical and emotional problems.
Whatever your level of stress, it’s important to be aware of when you’re experiencing stress and to have a plan to cope with it. Here are some tips that may help.
Recognize signs of your body's response to stress, such as:
Seek help from a qualified mental health care provider if you are overwhelmed, feel you cannot cope, have suicidal thoughts, or are using drugs or alcohol to cope.
Other sources of support include:
Stress is an inevitable part of life, but there are ways to control it. Other things you can try include:
Keep stress from controlling you. Make a plan, and don’t go it alone!