Coping with Cancer Through Mind, Body, Spirit, and Emotions You can find many ways to cope with stress. The goal of each approach, whether it be coping skills or relaxation techniques, is to bring you from a place of tension to a place of serenity - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life? A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people. Palliative Care: Bringing Comfort Palliative care focuses on improving a patient’s quality of life by improving the symptoms of his or her illness, such as pain, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping. It's used with a variety of ailments, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure. Cancer and Spirituality People with cancer often tap into their spiritual side when battling the illness. This might include prayer, attending religious services, reading passages from a holy book, or simply expressing gratitude and love.