Spring into Wellness!
We have finally turned a corner as winter is finally in our rearview mirror. There can be a host of physical and emotional symptoms that accompany a diagnosis of a myeloproliferative neoplasm, such as essential thrombocythemia (ET), polycythemia vera (PV) or myelofibrosis (MF). If you have been diagnosed with an MPN, it is crucial to prioritize your health and wellness to manage your condition effectively.
Here are some wellness tips that may be helpful:
It is no secret that nutrition plays a vital role and can help manage MPN symptoms. The Mediterranean diet can optimize your health; it consists of eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish, lean proteins, whole plant foods and grains. It is also essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Put your best foot forward and get outside! Regular physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve your mood, increase energy levels, and even reduce stress. Always consult your primary doctor to ensure which exercises are safe and suitable.
Speaking of stress, try some mindfulness classes or yoga; they even have chair yoga for folks like me who enjoy sitting and never saw a chair she did not like! Chronic stress can weaken the immune system, which, when you have an MPN, can cause further complications, so manage your stress and be open to some holistic approaches like reflexology, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.
Never underestimate the power of a good night's sleep. We should aim for at least 7 hours of restful sleep each night. Many of you are saying, "yeah, ok, right"? And I am one of them, but keeping a regular sleep schedule is essential for our mental state and overall health.
Reconnect with friends, spring clean your house and challenge your mind. Plan to get outdoors and enjoy the season of new beginnings and budding new adventures. Just remember to wear sunscreen!
Remember, managing MPN is an ongoing process requiring incorporating many different wellness approaches. With the proper treatment and self-care strategies, you can live a healthy and fulfilling life with MPN.
What tips would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
Want to share your own MPN journey with our community? Patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals are invited to be part of our Canadian Faces of MPN initiative by sharing your story (about 500-600 words please) with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing this form.