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.

Under normal circumstances we offer a variety of classes and courses to suit your needs. These are are held at our Support and Information Centre in Exeter.

While access to our centres is temporarily restricted due to Coronavirus, we are offering sessions both face to face and via video links as well as online support groups.

The next Zoom group starts in November. Please call or email to register your interest. We will support you in setting up the access via video link if this is something you are unfamiliar with.  You will need your own tablet or computer for this.

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 below 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 on 01392 406168.

For dates and further information about our mindfulness programmes, please contact Paul Grace on 01392 406169.

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Mindfulness

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.

FORCE usually offers drop-in mindfulness groups or longer courses in mindfulness practices at our Support and Information Centre.

While our centres are temporarily closed due to Coronavirus, we are offering online support groups.

We are now offering a four-week Mindfulness programme via video link.

The first pilot group in June is fully booked and dates for September will be out shortly.

The groups will run for four consecutive weeks. They will be closed groups of six people, including the facilitator.

Please contact Paul Grace on 01392 4016168 to register your interest.

We anticipate that these sessions will be popular so do not hesitate to call.  We will keep a waiting list of interested people for the next group.

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.

Relaxation

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 usually held at our Support and Information Centre.

While our centres are temporarily closed due to Coronavirus, we are offering online support groups.

Relaxation can:

  • 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 special clothes or equipment?

No but it is a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothes.

Four-week Online 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

We are now offering a four-week Relaxation and Anxiety Management programme via video link.

The first pilot group will start on Wednesday July 15 (10-11:15am) for four consecutive weeks, finishing on August 3 2020.  This will be a closed group of six people, including the facilitator.

Please call Emma Ellis on 01392 406168 or email emma.ellis@forcecancercharity.co.uk to register your interest.

We anticipate that these sessions will be popular so do not hesitate to call.  We will keep a waiting list of interested people for the next group.

Relaxation CDs

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.

Listen to our Introduction to Relaxation and Anxiety Management.

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