Written by Katherine Murphy
A large amount of worry and stress can follow a cancer diagnosis. For many people coping with cancer, these feelings can be overwhelming and hard to understand, especially as you are trying to organize the logistics of your cancer care.
One tool that people use to understand their feelings is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment. You learn mindfulness through practicing meditation. Through daily practice of mindfulness and meditation, managing and understanding your feelings can become a less daunting task.
Mindfulness exercises are specific, guided tasks meant to be incorporated into your daily life. They can take as little as three minutes and provide you with the emotional tools you need to cope. But it is hard to practice without a guide to help.
Where can you find meditation and mindfulness guides?
Although there are advantages of practicing with an in-person guide, especially for those with cancer, consistent practice is often easier when you have meditation tips and guides at your fingertips.
Headspace is meditation made simple. They’ll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. You can try Headspace for yourself and learn the essentials of meditation and mindfulness with the free Basics course, or enjoy the full offerings of Headspace Plus through a paid subscription.
Headspace Plus has bite-sized meditations for busy schedules, SOS exercises for meltdown moments, and hundreds of guided meditations on everything from stress to productivity — including an entire library of Sleep content, aimed at helping you create the ideal conditions for a restful night.
For cancer patients, Headspace has a guided course called Coping with Cancer, designed specifically for those struggling with a diagnosis. With 30 unique guided days of practice, Coping with Cancer helps you find a greater sense of understanding and perspective as you go through one of your most challenging journeys.
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Do you think practicing mindfulness and meditation could help you? OneVillage community members get access to a free month of Headspace when you sign up with our code ONEVILLAGE. Please note that after the first 30 days free, the subscription rolls into the $69.99 annual membership.
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