Lessons on coping and flourishing June 14th 2021 Join Bloomhill’s meditation teacher Sabine Schroeder as you learn to take control of your life even in the midst of the unknown. At Bloomhill we understand it’s not just cancer treatment that’s stressful, the diagnosis itself brings questions and uncertainty. There are simple techniques you can learn to develop a healing perspective which you can apply in those moments when you are lost in thoughts, worries or disturbing scenarios about the future. Much of the cancer journey is navigating the uncontrollable and unpredictable. With the Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery program you will learn ways to cope with the unknown. The program is a step-by-step guide during which participants learn the basics of mindfulness which helps people living with cancer cope with treatment and reclaim their lives. It was created by leading psychologists specializing in oncology and is taught in hundreds of medical centres and hospitals across the world. The eight-week program teaches a therapeutic combination of mindfulness meditation and gentle movement in a structured and safe manner and incorporates practice and weekly homework. Significant research shows that by being mentally prepared and gaining control over stress and anxiety you can improve your quality of life and become an active participant in your own recovery. You will learn to use the proven Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction skills during treatment and recovery to calm feelings of fear, uncertainty and lack of control, mindfully manage difficult symptoms and side effects and discover your own capacity for healing and thriving after diversity. This simple but powerful ability to anchor in the present moment rather than be carried away by catastrophizing, rumination or angst is an important support you can naturally call on. The MBCR program is backed by studies and research collected on the benefits of meditation for cancer patients which show benefits in mood disturbances and stress symptoms. 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. To join the next MBCR course contact Bloomhill reception on 5445 5794.