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Practical tips for dealing with difficult emotions

Concerned Family MemberCoping with cancer is difficult. Most people find it is accompanied by a range of emotions such as:

  • anger
  • sadness
  • loss
  • helplessness
  • anxiety
  • frustration
  • confusion

They can come and go at any time, but usually they get easier to deal with (and often even go away). However, there are a range of services, treatments and strategies available to help you cope better in the short term and speed up the process of adjustment.

If you are interested in learning about some ways that you can help yourself, have a look at the fact sheets below. They provide practical tips on how to manage difficult issues and emotions, based on what research has shown can help. The topics and issues covered are those that other rural South Australian cancer patients have said they would like to know more about. We recommended that you print a copy so you can easily complete the exercises, make notes and refer to them at a later date.

To view these fact sheets, click on the headings below

If one of these sheets raises an issue that you would like to talk to someone about, explore further or seek another opinion on, consider seeking some professional help from a psychologist or counsellor. You may like to take these worksheets along with you to the appointment. They will be familiar with these sorts of exercises.  To find relevant services near you, speak to your doctor or click here.

If you are feeling very distressed at any time of the day or night, phone the Rural and Remote Mental Health Service on 13 14 65 to speak to trained counsellors/ mental health experts.

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