(HealthDay News) -- If you have cancer, it is important to take care of your emotional health, too, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
A positive outlook has been linked to a lower risk of disease and injury, a better immune system, longer life and greater work productivity, the agency adds.
The CDC offers these suggestions for bolstering your emotional health:
- Spend time with family and friends, and look for ways to meet new people.
- Focus on the bright side of any situation, and avoid negative thoughts.
- Get regular exercise, and eat a healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables and fruits.
- Do something nice for someone else.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Laugh more. Do things you like.
- Focus on your spiritual side, whether that means participating in organized religion, meditating, creating art or whatever speaks to you.