September 25, 2012 | by Alicia Di Rado
You can ease your chronic pain, lower high blood pressure and anxiety and even drop levels of stress hormones through a simple step, and it doesn’t even cost anything. All you have to do is think – or maybe stop thinking so hard.
The key is meditation.
There are lots of forms of meditation: tai chi and qi gong are meditative, and some people relax by repeating words or phrases, called mantras. Although some forms started as part of Eastern religions, meditation is not a religion itself – and many people use it just to boost their well-being.
Particularly popular among cancer patients is mindfulness meditation. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, research shows that doing this regularly can improve quality of life. In one study of cancer patients who practiced mindfulness meditation for seven weeks, nearly a third had fewer stress symptoms and nearly two thirds experienced fewer mood disturbances than patients who didn’t meditate.
City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center offers meditation classes for patients throughout the year on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. Check out this video for a quick look at some of the techniques.
Interested? Call 626-256-4673, ext. 32273 (3CARE) or email them to reserve a spot.