Staying positive and maintaining your overall health to the best of your ability is key for your journey with malignant mesothelioma. This is a difficult time but there are some basic things you can do that will help you. Simply going outside is a positive step.
Going outside can do so much for your outlook or mental state and your overall health. In the United States, according to the EPA, the average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors. Going outside can boost your mood – no special equipment or membership required, just the great outdoors.
Another positive benefit of spending time outdoors is an increase in your Vitamin D. Vitamin D is beneficial to your bones, blood cells, and immune system. It can also help with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus. With decreased levels of Vitamin D a person is more likely to get colds and the flu. Also, if a person gets sick with pneumonia with decreased levels of Vitamin D, the outcome can be more serious. Sunlight can keep your serotonin levels up if you go outside as well. This will help raise your energy levels and keep your mood positive.
Just by going outside, there is a chance you may connect with people in your community. Human contact can be important to your mental health. Sometimes being inside we tend to get lost in our own thoughts and this is not always positive. Getting outdoors can distract those thoughts inside your head for even just a few moments. In fact, studies show that time in nature can boost your problem solving skills. If you are feeling frustrated or down, the outside world may change your thinking for even just a short time.
Depending on the weather there may be precautions you should take. Stay well hydrated if the weather is warm. Apply sunscreen, wear a hat, or bug spray if necessary. Also bring a phone in case you need to be in touch with someone, or may need a ride back.
Mesothelioma is a complex disease. Each case is unique, similar to one’s fingerprint. Medical centers continue to push for more knowledge and treatments. Although there are many interventions, ideas, and thoughts on how we treat symptoms, some therapeutic ideas are just basic like going outside. The good news: you don’t need to travel and it costs nothing.