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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

December 1, 2006
by Lianne Avila, MA

"Where have all the good times gone?"
Here a 4 tips to help you beat the
"Post Cancer Blues."
Breast Cancer is a National problem.  More and more women are being diagnosed with Breast Cancer or know someone that has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  It has been over five years since I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and I have learned to enjoy the finer things in life.  Here are some helpful tips to get you through the Holiday Season. 
Stop and smell the roses
Beautiful things nourish us as much as food.  Most of the time when we are feeling down all we have to do is rest our eyes on something beautiful.  The autumn sun splashing through the dining room at 3 in the afternoon.  A piece of turquoise or a sea shell.
Breast Friends
There is nothing like a good conversation with a friend to boost your mood.  Especially when that friend has been, through exactly what you have been through.  Not only is it important you find a friend that is a Breast Cancer survivor, find one you can have fun with. 
Make a new habit
Practice being happy.  If this means you need to smile more often, then do so.  Start a journal of happy memories in your life.  Post thank you cards and pictures with friends and family on your refrigerator.  There is never a better time than the present to start a new habit.
Start moving
There is nothing like a walk or run on the beach to help cheer you up.  Not only will this help beat the "blues" it will also help increase your metabolism.  There are many ways to exercise, make sure you find one that you enjoy.  This way you will stick with it.
This is not a cure and if you find you just can't beat the "Post Cancer Blues," then I strongly urge you to talk to your Doctor or a Professional Counselor.  Life is too short to be "blue" all the time.  Make the most of your life today and most importantly live your life joyfully.
I wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!
Lianne Avila, MA
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
"Happy people roll with the punches.  They know from experience that everything changes.  Today's good fortune may vanish tomorrow, today's crises may turn out to be tomorrow's good fortune."
Author Unknown

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