Hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience.
A diagnosis is often accompanied by a range of different emotions and responses. Relaxation, anxiety management and mindfulness techniques can help you in dealing with the situation.
We offer a variety of classes and courses to suit your needs, from drop-in sessions to six-week programmes. These are are held at our Support and Information Centre in Exeter.
We also have a range of relaxation CDs available for you to use at home.
We have also produced a series of short films aimed at helping people deal with some of the common side effects of diagnosis and treatment.Click each image to view our guides to managing fatigue, sleep and managing anxiety.
For details on our relaxation drop-in classes or more information on our relaxation and anxiety management courses, please contact Emma Ellis on 01392 403051.
For dates and further information about our mindfulness programmes, please contact Paul Grace or Sarah Delfont on 01392 406169.
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Supporting anyone affected by cancer at centres in Exeter, Okehampton, Tiverton and Honiton
Mindfulness is about being fully in the present moment. It helps to develop our awareness moment by moment and to face our experiences as they actually are, rather than coloured by anxiety about the future and preoccupation with the past.
Practices using the everyday functions of sitting, walking, body awareness and stretching are used to focus our awareness with an attitude of curiosity, acceptance and a friendliness towards ourselves and our experience. This way it is possible to reduce anxiety and the stress of challenging situations as well as being a practice for everyday living.
This approach was initially pioneered working with patients with long-term illness and chronic pain and has now been adopted in many other situations within the NHS as well as in the wider community.
If you are interested, please come with a sense of curiosity and an open mind and an open heart.
There are two options to choose from.
Mindfulness Practice Group
This group offers time to practice mindfulness and is particularly suitable for those who have some experience of mindfulness although anyone is welcome to attend. It is an informal group and we learn from each other as well as practicing mindfulness together. It is held at our Support and Information Centre on Fridays at 12 noon for one hour. Please call to register your interest, especially as the practice sessions run for a four-week block and then pause when there is a course on Introduction to Mindfulness Based Practices.
NB: Mindfulness Drop-in sessions on Mondays between 1 and 2pm have been CANCELLED
An Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Practices
This course incorporates some of the history and theory behind the practice of mindfulness though we have adapted it to make it accessible for anyone going through treatment, or after, and for a family member or friend. We focus on doing the practices and also have time to reflect on the ways in which each person can apply mindfulness to their life. This occasional course runs for six weeks. Each session lasts for two hours and needs to be pre-booked.
Please contact Paul Grace or Sarah Delfont on 01392 4016169 for dates of the next course or further information.
Feel free to download or print our Mindfulness leaflet.
You can also listen to our Introduction to Mindfulness Practices.
Listen to our introduction to mindfulness practice.
Learning how to relax can be a valuable aid to coping with a cancer diagnosis. Classes and courses in relaxation and anxiety management techniques are held at our Support and Information Centre.
- Relieve tiredness and stress
- Help manage anxiety
- Enhance coping ability
- Contribute to a sense of well-being and peace
Who is it for?
Anyone affected by cancer who would like to:
- Learn relaxation techniques
- Meet other patients and carers
- Have time out for yourself
Do I need to bring anything?
No but it is a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothes. Mats or relaxation chairs, blankets and pillows are provided.
Relaxation drop-in classes
These sessions offer an opportunity to discover and practise guided relaxation which can help restore and replenish the mind and body. They are held every Wednesday from 11.45am until 1pm, starting with 20 minutes of anxiety management followed by relaxation.
You do not have to stay for the whole 75 minutes. You can take part in the first 20 minutes or join us at 12.05 for the relaxation if that works better for you.
Six-week Relaxation and Anxiety Management Course
Relaxation is a skill which anyone can learn. This course provides a supportive environment to:
- Learn relaxation
- A space to practise simple skills
- Explore anxiety management skills and resources
- Encourage bringing your learning to everyday life
These courses run three times a year over a six or seven week period (depending on whether there is a break mid-course) on a Thursday. They need to be pre-booked. The sessions involve up to 10 people and are available to patients and their carers at any stage on their cancer journey.
Relaxation CDs are available from our Support and Information Centre.
Each disc features:
- Lead in music
- Guided relaxation
- Music to help you stay relaxed
- A brief visualisation
- Guidance for ending your relaxation
Feel free to download or print our Relaxation and anxiety management leaflet.
You can also listen to our Introduction to Relaxation and Anxiety Management.