Category: Wellness

Treating emotions associated with cancer using Energy Psychology

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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Rituals for Keeping Calm

Meet Rae Whatley

With more than 20 years of experience, Rae Whatley is one of our vette d Reiki therapists on our expansive list of providers. Her practice is beneficial for both those preparing for surgery and those recovering. Rae also uses Reiki to help her clients mitigate cancer treatment side effects such as pain, nausea, headaches, feelings of depression and more.

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Healthy Rituals for the New Year

Setting a resolution, goal or intention for the new year can be challenging. In fact, many people lose track of their resolution in January. February is here, and it is never too late to incorporate a new healthy goal or mindset into your routine! This month, we are talking about healthy rituals you can stick with to lift your mind, body and spirit. Our providers are sharing some of their favorite tips and rituals for the new year. 

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Meditation Myths and Facts

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:

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How Mindfulness Can Help Metastatic Breast Cancer

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. 

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How Integrative Therapies Can Help When You Have Cancer

When you have cancer, it is important to empower yourself, body, mind, and spirit, with the tools that can help you navigate your diagnosis. Integrative or complementary medicine includes a range of mind-body tools that work in conjunction with standard medical treatment.

According to cancer.gov, these therapies can help you

  • Deal with and ease the side effects of treatment
  • Feel better about your diagnosis and treatment
  • Maintain a sense of efficacy
  • Potentially help you treat your disease

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Alcohol and Cancer

There is a considerable amount of uncertainty regarding alcohol consumption during cancer treatment and beyond.  Generally speaking, having a glass of wine now and again is not bad for your health. However, regular alcohol consumption is known to increase your risk of six different cancers, one of which is breast cancer.  This is because alcohol can raise estrogen levels, which in turn could affect a woman’s risk of breast cancer. 

What about ovarian cancer and alcohol?  Results of studies have been inconsistent especially since alcohol isn’t a direct ovarian carcinogen.

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Boosting your Immune System

Source: Eat Pretty Every Day by Jolene Hart

As we tend to stay inside throughout the cold months, your body is not receiving as much light or fresh air, and you may be more susceptible to colds, dryness, or inflammation. Each winter, you may find it helpful to evaluate your routine and determine how you can boost your immune system through nutrition and self-care, using ingredients you may already have at home.

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Improve Your Quality of Sleep

November brings chilly weather, daylight savings, and the kickoff to the holiday season. If you are feeling like these changes are causing your body and mind stress- you are not alone! Here are a few ways manage these changes and maintain a healthy quality of sleep.

The time change that comes with Daylight Savings can interrupt your sleep schedule and affect your internal clock. If you find yourself struggling with this adjustment or simply want to improve your quality of sleep,

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