If you are reading this blog, you probably already know how a cancer diagnosis affects our emotional wellbeing. You are not alone: Depression rates in the US jump four-fold among cancer patients, with nearly a quarter of cancer patients experiencing depression. Anxiety rates among cancer patients in the US climb as well, affecting nearly a fifth of people with cancer. Many people with cancer report experiencing PTSD-like symptoms, and almost all say they experience feelings of overwhelm.
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With the explosion of research showing that mediation helps with everything from depression and anxiety to heart disease and cancer, many people are interested in giving this simple, ancient practice a try. For some, the idea seems foreign or impossible. Here are some common myths about meditation and some facts to clear up the misunderstanding:
When facing a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, you may experience an array of challenging emotions, including sadness, fear, and powerlessness. You might find yourself answering the troubling and unanswerable questions, why me? Why now? What is next? These questions inevitably lead to increased emotional distress. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular, effective tool that can help you counter this thought-feeling spiral. This article describes some techniques of mindfulness and covers some research on the benefits of mindfulness for people with metastatic breast cancer.
Yoga nidra translates as yogic sleep and it’s a practice that guides participants into that realm between wakefulness and sleep. It’s much like hypnosis, however the nidra practitioner is encouraged to stay awake and alert. Read more
Upon waking, sit at the edge of the bed and take 5 – 10 deep breaths.
Set an intention for your day.
Prepare and sit down to enjoy a healthful breakfast.
Practice Yoga! Even 10 minutes is better than nothing!
Sit for 5 minutes in meditation at least once per day.
Smile at yourself in the mirror at least once per day.