A diagnosis of cancer can make an individual feel they’ve lost control of so much resulting in both physical and psychological damage. Doing something creative or expressive such as art, writing, gardening or music can really help improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Expressing yourself through engaging in this way can give you greater self-awareness and a positive sense of well-being and has demonstrated numerous benefits including promoting inner peace and relaxation, reducing stress and anxiety and providing positive meaning to our lives as it helps re-focus our attention away from our illness.
Pablo Picasso is quoted as having said “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.
In Chapter 8 of The Cancer Journey we share a few simple ideas for ways you can express yourself and guide you to take some very easy steps to regain control and greatly enhance your well-being.