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Mind-Body and Soul - Achieving Balance

The importance of the role of the mind, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors in health and well-being is central to many traditional ancient health systems as well as recent scientific studies.

What we think, feel, and believe in can influence our health and healing and is well known among the general population. In recent years, there is an increased number of scientific research that supports this statement. This influence can be positive or negative.

Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can cause additional suffering , weakened adherence to perscribed treatments as well as threaten a patient’s return to health. Extensive research has documented that mind body interventions can help address these problems.

Another issue that is commonly encountered by people touched by cancer and their families is high stress levels. In addition to the fact that stress is induced by the disease and its treatments, many cancer patients believe that stress plays a role in the cause and progression of their disease. Even though, this belief remains controversial, there is substantial evidence showing the negative health consequences of sustained stress on health and well-being. Chronic stress plays a role in disease progression and there are clues that it may contribute to overall mortality.

A review study published in the reputable Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals the strong link between stress and cancer progression. Whereas evidence for the role of psychosocial factors in cancer initiation has been equivocal, support continues to grow for links between psychological factors such as stress, depression, and  social isolation and progression of cancer. In vitro, in vivo, and clinical studies show that stress related  processes can impact pathways implicated in cancer progression, including immunoregulation, angiogenesis, and invasion.   More in this link

Decreasing distress and maintaining the functional integrity of the immune system and other physiologic systems are therefore extremely important in helping patients adjust to cancer treatment, recovery, treatment complications, and possibly metastatic growth. Utilizing various stress reduction techniques that are individualized to each person can be an essential tool that patient can use to address this issue.

Psychologic Stress and Cancer- NCI FactSheet

How to make stress your friend

Placebo- Nocebo

Important article on the value of mind body medicine in cancer care is included in the following link.

Some of the approaches that can address these issues include:

Soft Belly Meditation

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4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

The key to this exercise is to remember the numbers 4, 7 and 8. It’s not important to focus on how much time you spend in each phase of the breathing activity, but rather that you get the ratio correct.

Here’s how it’s done:

Sit up straight
Place the tip of your tongue up against the back of your front teeth. Keep it there through the entire breathing process
Breathe in silently through your nose to the count of four
Hold your breath to the count of seven
Exhale through your mouth to the count of eight, making an audible “woosh” sound
That completes one full breath. Repeat the cycle another three times, for a total of four breaths
You can do this exercise as frequently as you want throughout the day, but it’s recommended you don’t do more than four full breaths during the first month or so of practice. Later you may work your way up to eight full breath cycles at a time.

The benefits of this simple practice are enormous and work as a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system.

MIND BODY MEDICINE-  The Samuelli Link




Mindfulness in cancer care
Laughter really can be the best medicine. Laughter and humor can and does enhance our overall well-being. Humor is the ability to find joy and amusement in life, while laughter is the body’s way of expressing what is found humorous. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. Humor and laughter are a state of the mind, body and soul. They can encourage a positive and hopeful attitude, give a sense of perspective on problems in life and can help take your mind off discomforts and stress. You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. As Bill Cosby says, "If you can laugh at it, you can survive it".
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Stress Reduction

Stress occurs when a demand is placed upon your body and mind that exceeds your coping abilities. A demand can range from actual physical danger to the excitement of buying a home. Even day-to-day living can lead to stressful situations, such a disagreement with a loved one or the commute home. Stress is a response which includes both physical and mental components.
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Another important link relates to Positive Pschology:
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. 

When facing a serious illness, people often find it difficult to express their feelings to others. Journaling provides a safe and private way for you to express these difficult feelings. Journaling, or keeping a diary is the personal record of your thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences, reflections and memories put into written words. Writing in a journal is an effective way to handle the emotions caused by the cancer experience.
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Social support

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Helping others and giving

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Giving is another way to help yourself... 
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