Regardless of lifestyle and routine, very few people are able to avoid experiencing stress at one point or another.

It is important that we give ourselves the time we need to take care of ourselves - particularly at the moment given the serious worries that many people are having about health and Covid 19. However, for those going through an experience such as breast cancer this can be especially difficult. 

At Breast Cancer Haven, we understand that stress is very common during breast cancer and every therapy we offer is specifically designed to combat this.

Below, we’ve listed three of our most effective stress-busting approaches and how these can be applied to daily life. All of these therapies are available as free and live online classes, which you can enjoy from the safety of your home.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about taking time to live with more ease no matter what we are facing from moment to moment. By simply taking a moment to pay attention to sensations in your body and your breathing, the benefits can be huge. Many of our visitors report that the thoughts and worries in their head seem manageable after a short mindfulness session.

It involves bringing attention to our senses; the sensation of our breathing, the feeling of our body on the chair. Even though the mind keeps wandering, by bringing our attention back again and again to the present moment, we can find some relief for our worries and feel less stressed. 

Mindfulness is ideal for people affected by breast cancer as it can be performed anywhere – at home, in hospital, even in public (although we don't recommend doing mindfulness in public at the moment). No additional equipment is needed and a mindfulness session can last for any amount of time.

Join Caroline every weekday at 12.00pm for a free online mindfulness session

 

Yoga

Physical activity works wonders for stress, it keeps your body healthy and releases endorphins; natural hormones that make you feel good. 

Getting enough exercise is especially tricky when you’re in quarantine (as we know many of our visitors are), but yoga is the perfect workout to practice at home. It’s particularly suitable for people with breast cancer; it’s gentle in nature and works to tackle many of the stress-inducing factors that our visitors experience during breast cancer treatment. 

In a similar way to mindfulness, yoga navigates your awareness away from stressful thoughts and towards physical sensations that are experienced during the practice.

Moreover, when you are stressed, your body builds up a lot of tension which can often be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. Yoga stretching works to release this tension from the areas that may be restricted in movement following breast cancer, surgery and radiotherapy, particularly the arms and shoulders which are common problem areas for people affected by breast cancer treatment.

Find out when our next free online gentle yoga class is

 

Nutritional therapy

Maintaining a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is crucial during breast cancer and is even more pertinent at the moment given the worries many of us are having about health and coronavirus. The food we consume is also intrinsically linked to our mood and stress levels. However, finding the healthiest diet and foods to eat can be difficult. 

At Breast Cancer Haven, our experts are equipped with the knowledge to build you the most appropriate eating plan that will keep you as healthy and relaxed as possible during breast cancer and will help you best manage your symptoms and the side effects of treatment. 

Eating well can support your immune system, sleep, fatigue, and menopausal symptoms like hot flushes and joint pain.

Join us for a free nutrition workshop online

 

What Breast Cancer Haven offers

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that supports women through their breast cancer treatment with free emotional, physical and practical support. For more information, find out more about us.

We have adapted our free breast cancer support services so that they are available online. Browse the classes and book yourself in for a live session today