Practising relaxation techniques can help you cope with the side effects of cancer, such as anxiety, breathlessness and fatigue.
As you cope with the effects of cancer, you may feel like it’s difficult to relax. It could help to do some relaxation exercises to ease your anxiety, to help with breathing or just to take your mind off things. Relaxing could also help you if you’re having trouble sleeping.
Check with your doctor or nurse before you try any relaxation methods, it could be that they are not suitable for you.
The following relaxation techniques are best practised in a peaceful place, where you can get comfortable either sitting or lying down. It should be a warm room and, if you prefer, somewhere with dim lighting:
Relaxation techniques are not a form of treatment for cancer, but some people find they help them to cope.
We have more information about relaxation and mindfulness meditation on our website. You can order our ‘Relax and breathe’ CD for free. It helps you learn ways to manage breathlessness through breathing techniques. You can find relaxation CDs at your local library too.
We also have more information on coping with your emotions and how to cope with fatigue.
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<p>I get a lot of help from mindfulness and meditation so I found this blog post very interesting. I'm sure it will be useful to many people. Thanks for posting it. Margaret x</p>
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