Scary, You bet your life it is! However you have received this news, it has to be a shock to your whole system. This turbulent time, following a brain tumour diagnosis, often leaves people with little, or at best troubled, sleep. Waking hours can be filled with anxiety where you are in the unfamiliar territory of hospitals, brain scanners and facing your own demons. Putting on that brave face, masking your fears or meningioma symptoms, to protect family and other loved ones is exhausting and can leave you emotionally drained.
It is essential that you have the strength to meet these challenges both physically and emotionally. You may have to make some of the most important decisions of your life right now, and you need to face these decisions with clarity, despite the upheaval all around you.
There are countless tried and tested methods of relaxation from lavender pillows to yoga. Many will be available to you in some guise or other, via your local community or through a simple internet search. However, some of these techniques take time to master and learning a new skill at this time may not be such a relaxing experience.
Giving yourself time to think, is every bit as effective. This does not mean time to worry, get agitated or drown in self pity. It means allowing yourself time to digest all the meningioma facts, how you feel about it and setting your resolve to deal with it.
In a stressful state your muscles tighten, all over your body. This is incredibly energy sapping and makes sleep almost impossible. All this is in addition to any meningioma symptoms that you may be experiencing. A walk along the beach, a quiet place in the park or a place that is special to you can provide the perfect atmosphere to remove you from your suddenly acquired stress inducing, thought-clutter. In a relaxed state, your rate of breathing slows, your blood pressure reduces and importantly, your muscle tension decreases.
It has long been accepted that a good sleep is a great panacea. It gives you more energy, now more than ever you need this to deal with your day. You really don't need a common cold on top of your brain tumour, and better sleep increases your resistance to viruses. If you are better able to concentrate after a reasonable sleep or a period of quality relaxation, then you are better placed to take control of what is happening to you and you will feel less vulnerable.
This special relaxation time does not need to be spent alone, but it is better to be away from situations that cause your stress, and don't forget, the people that you love the most may be the ones that you feel most stressed about sharing the details of your meningioma brain tumour with. If you are rested and relaxed, your emotions more stable so you have a better chance of sharing with and keeping close, the people most important to you.
Ultimately, the most important issue is that you understand your meningioma brain tumour - and for that you need a clear head!
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