Learning to Relax workshops
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is demanding not only on those diagnosed, but also for their family and friends. Routines are interrupted, and people often say they feel like they are on a roller coaster ride of appointments, tests and treatment schedules. Finding strategies which can help with relaxation and that do not require a lot of time can be helpful.
Who is it for?
The program is for people who have had a diagnosis of cancer, their family and friends, who want to introduce relaxation into their daily life. Many people dealing with cancer have said that learning ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation, has helped them cope. These relaxation skills have also been useful for managing other stressful situations such as work and the challenges of daily life.
What does the workshop involve?
The two-and-a-half-hour workshop helps participants understand and explore their individual stress responses and then introduces a range of exercises to bring about the relaxation response. Participants are supported in developing a personal plan to incorporate regular periods of relaxation into their daily routines.
What are the benefits?
Evidence supports the benefits of relaxation in reducing anxiety, and in assisting people to cope with the challenges they are facing.
When are the workshops?
Cancer Council Queensland has a relaxation booklet and CD which can be ordered by calling Cancer Council 13 11 20 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
If you prefer you can:
Download A Guide to Relaxation
Listen to the Learning to Relax audiofiles
Watch the Learning to Relax podcast