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Some people find it easy to talk about their feelings.| However, many people are not used to doing this and can feel awkward.
It's not normally a problem if you find it hard to talk about your feelings. But when something serious happens, most people find that they want to talk about how they feel. They may then feel uncomfortable because they aren’t used to it.
If you, or a family member or friend, have strong emotions and don’t talk about them, it can make it hard to talk about anything. So if either of you feels angry, afraid, embarrassed or sad, your conversation will feel difficult until one of you talks openly about your feelings. If you’re able to, try saying something like, ‘I’m sorry I seem in such a bad mood today, but I’ve just been told that...’. You may then suddenly find that it becomes much easier.
Some tips for dealing with your emotions include:
Complementary therapies, which include relaxation, visualisation and meditation, can help some people cope with their cancer and can also help give a feeling of being in control. Some hospitals offer complementary therapies as part of their cancer services. You can ask if any therapies are available at your hospital. We have a section on cancer and complementary therapies|, which you might find helpful.
Some people find it helpful to keep a diary, journal or online blog where they can write down all their thoughts, feelings and frustrations. Some people also write down their feelings about any good or positive things that happen to them. Keeping a diary can help you work through various problems. Some people find it can give them back a sense of control and perspective and help them deal with emotions and difficult situations. Creative writing may also help you to relax and express your feelings.
You can set up an online blog on Macmillan’s online community|.
Content last reviewed: 1 July 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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