Join one of Bloomhill’s meditation classes and learn a simple approach that will help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life.

Clinical Services Manager, Trish Wilson, says “mindfulness meditation can help with specific cancer related issues like sleeping problems, pain, fatigue, stress symptoms, anxiety and worry about the future.

“There have been many studies done and much research collected on the benefits of meditation for cancer patients,” Trish says.

For example:

Research has shown that meditation appears to help with pain and may lessen the number of pain medications needed to control pain.

One study found that meditation decreased the levels of stress hormones in people with breast and prostate cancer and that the effects were still present a year later.

Difficulty with sleep is a common problem for people living with cancer. In studies, meditation is associated with less insomnia and improved quality of sleep.

Difficulty with cognitive functioning is common and may be due to cancer itself or treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy (chemobrain). At least one study has found meditation to improve cognitive functioning with cancer. Cancer fatigue is one of the most annoying symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. Studies suggest that meditation may improve energy levels and lessen fatigue for people living with cancer.

So how do you get started? Bloomhill holds three meditation sessions each week at The Wellness Centre and on Zoom.

All classes are run by different teachers and Trish suggests you “try each session to find your style”. “Meditation can help people cope better with the challenges of living with cancer and even help you to discover ways to thrive through and beyond your cancer experience.”

Class times: Monday 10.15am, Wednesday 2pm, and Thursday 11.30am.

No need to book, just turn up, or to join a Zoom session head to the Client Noticeboard on the website www.bloomhill.com.au/weekly-calendar