10 ways to pass time during chemotherapy

Chemotherapy can be a challenging and difficult experience, both physically and emotionally. It can often involve long hours spent in a medical facility, and the treatment itself can cause a variety of side effects. However, there are several things that you can do during chemotherapy to make the experience more manageable and even enjoyable. Here are 10 ideas:

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  1. Bring a friend or family member: Having someone to talk to during chemotherapy can be comforting and can help pass the time. Consider asking a friend or family member to accompany you to your treatment sessions.

  2. Practice relaxation techniques: Deep breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery can help reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue during chemotherapy. Consider downloading a meditation app or listening to a guided relaxation audio recording.

  3. Stay hydrated and nourished: Chemotherapy can cause dehydration and appetite loss, so it's important to drink plenty of fluids and eat a nutritious diet. Consider bringing a water bottle and healthy snacks with you to your treatment sessions. My go-to snacks were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fresh blueberries! 

  4. Read a book or magazine: Reading can be a great way to pass the time during chemotherapy. Consider bringing a book or magazine with you, or downloading an e-book or audiobook to your phone or tablet. Audiobooks worked well for me when the antihistamines made my eyes a little blurry and heavy. Find a selection of our favorite good reads pinned here!

  5. Listen to music: Creating a calming playlist can help provide a soothing atmosphere during chemotherapy. Consider downloading your favorite songs or listening to a calming music playlist on a music streaming service. We compiled some of our favorite songs here for a calming playlist to listen to during your infusion. 

  6. Watch a movie or TV show: Streaming services like Netflix or Hulu can provide endless entertainment options to watch during chemotherapy. Consider downloading your favorite movies or shows before your treatment session, so you don't have to rely on Wi-Fi. I was partial to feel good series like Gilmore Girls or New Girl! 

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  7. Try an art project: Coloring books, drawing materials, or even a small knitting or crocheting project can be a relaxing and meditative activity to do during chemotherapy.

  8. Play a game: Bring a deck of cards or a portable game like chess or checkers to play with a friend or family member during chemotherapy.

  9. Write in a journal: Keeping a journal during chemotherapy can help you process your thoughts and emotions and reflect on your experiences. Consider bringing a notebook and pen or using a digital journal app on your phone or tablet.

  10. Get organized: Use your chemotherapy sessions to get organized. Make a to-do list, plan your schedule, or organize your digital files on your phone or tablet. This can help you feel productive and in control during your treatment journey.

There are several things you can do during chemotherapy to make the experience more manageable and even enjoyable. Remember to prioritize your physical and emotional needs and find activities that bring you comfort and joy.

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