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Colorectal Cancer: In Treatment: Day To Day Living

How to Make Your Daily Schedule More Manageable

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Rather than try to keep the same schedule you did before your diagnosis, it is better to slow down a little and to pace yourself.

  • Reduce your obligations.
  • Plan your day ahead of time. 
  • Put off things that do not to be done now. NOTE: This does not include:
  • Avoid unnecessary walking and steps.
  • Don’t do things that make you overly tired. If you do need to do something that will be tiring, spread it out over a period of days or weeks.
  • Ask family, friends and co-workers to take over chores they can do for you.
  • Plan rest breaks. Then actually take them and do something that you find relaxing.

Be gentle with yourself if you cannot do as many things or as quickly as you did before treatment started.

Pushing yourself to the limit is physically and emotionally exhausting.

At the same time, do not use colon or rectal cancer as an excuse to become a couch potato. Treat yourself as if you are well. Do as much as you can until you can't.

Do not beat yourself up if there are days when you can't do anything. It happens.

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