Acute and chronic stress is a reality for those facing sarcoma cancers. Distress is not an emotion to be avoided or denied; it is a messenger, a signal that our coping methods are not working.
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses
- Taking Charge of Your Health website with personal planner:
- My Health Planner A personal plan for health and well-being. Designed by the University of Minnesota Canter for Spirituality and Healing based on the Twin Cities Public Television series, The New Medicine
Sleep better: For help with insomnia and other sleep problems
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- “Cheat Sleep” pamphlet
- Sleep tips (MP3, 5:31) — 5 techniques for better sleep
- Free white noise website
- Bedtime: Fall asleep more easily by following this guided relaxation at bedtime.
- Bedtime relaxation (15:21)
- Unwind (4:07)
- Rest (4:00)
- Daytime: Yoga nidra (“yogic sleep”) is a refreshing form of relaxation and an alternative to the 20-minute power nap.
- Yoga nidra (21:19)
- Relaxation and Stress Reduction
MIT Community Wellness offers a relaxation tip line at 617-253-CALM (2256). The line is available 24 hours a day and features a guided three-minute relaxation exercise you can use any time.
- Relax: Guided Meditation (6:26)
- Revive Yourself: Energizing Breath (3:30)
- Music for Relaxation: Naive (2:06)
- Music for Relaxation: Clouds (2:39)
- Introduction and Gentle Yoga (18:01)
- Guided Visualization for Relaxation (9:01)
- Progressive Relaxation: Release Muscle Tension (11:16)
Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress
Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. See how you can easily learn to practice meditation whenever you need it most. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.
Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are—whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting. To learn more, visit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070
The Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives.