October: a season of pumpkins and pink ribbons. It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder for women and their families that the spectre of breast cancer remains far scarier than any Halloween ghoul.
While the fight against breast cancer is waged in research labs and at 5-K fundraisers across the country, women can and should take steps to protect themselves. Mammograms, breast self-exams and a healthy lifestyle can all help guard against this disease.
This fall, commit to an extra precaution by working to eliminate unnecessary stress in your life. While a myriad of factors can lead to cancer, studies indicate that stress likely plays a role. And a recent study shows that former breast cancer patients have greater odds of a reoccurance if they forgo stress-busting therapies while battling their disease.
While the science is unclear about the link between stress and breast cancer, what is unambiguous is minimizing stress leads to better mental and physical health. So what are you waiting for? It's time to de-stress. To begin, make sure you are making healthy lifestyle choices, including:
Combating Stress at Work
Deadlines, shrinking budgets, economic uncertainty, work provides plenty of sources of stress. To keep stress from ballooning into full-fledged burnout try these tips:
Finally, consider techniques such as meditation, yoga, aromatherapy or the ten-minute day dreaming break. Spend time musing about your weekend, next vacation or that day, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, when breast cancer is just a memory.
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