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Mindfulness and Relaxation

Posted 10/10/2016 by UHBlog

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Mindfulness and Relaxation are practices that can benefit people with cancer. Mindfulness, also known as “awareness of the present moment” can help increase thoughtfulness, clear thinking and compassion. Being mindful means paying attention to what is going on around and within without judging it or being pulled into the mind’s usual pattern of internal dialogue and emotional reactions. It is the experience of staying present in the moment whatever is happening. Mindfulness can help people relate to their experiences with less worry or fear. It is a way of being that can provide a sense of balance and peace no matter how hectic things may seem. Mindfulness involves focusing on breathing in and out as a way to stay connected to the present moment.

Relaxation also focuses on breathing to promote a sense of calm. Methods used in relaxation include progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, tai chi, qi gong, guided imagery, repetitive prayer and mindful meditation. Both mindfulness and relaxation require practice to become really useful. Setting aside time at the beginning or end of the day to practice is a way to bring disciple and consistency to your practice as you develop the skill of quieting your mind. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be learned and incorporated into every aspect of life.

A 1 hour Mindfulness, Relaxation and Guided Imagery session is held free of charge the first Monday of every month at UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center. For more info call Kim Day at 216-896-1758.

Free Meditation and Relaxation sessions for people with cancer and family members, are also available at The Gathering Place. For more info call 216-595-9546 or go to www.touchedbycancer.org/calendar to see the monthly events calendar.

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