Health Tips

Healing Touch

Healing touch is an energy-based approach to health and wellness that supports healing of the body, mind and spirit. It is a bio-field therapy that has been shown to effectively relieve pain and anxiety. Patients often report an increased sense of peace and balance.

Benefits of healing touch may include:

  • Accelerated wound healing and recovery from surgery
  • Improved mood and sense of hopefulness
  • Improved relaxation and sleep quality
  • Reduced pain and anxiety
  • Reduced side effects of cancer treatment

For additional resources or help regarding healing touch talk with your physician or patient navigator.

Meditation

Meditation is a mind-body modality that has been practiced for thousands of years. There are many types of meditation, but they all involve focused attention, regulated breathing and developing a nonjudgmental awareness of one's thoughts and feelings. Studies have shown psychological states affect bio markers in the body. Relaxing your mind and intentionally directing your thoughts will help relax your body. To get the most benefit, meditation should be practiced consistently.

Benefits of meditation may include:

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Reduced symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment

For additional resources or help regarding meditation talk with your physician or patient navigator. 

Physical Activity

Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in an expenditure of energy. Physical activity is a critical component of energy balance, a term used to describe how weight, diet and physical activity influence health, including the risk of cancer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that adults get at least 30 miutes of physical activity, 5 or more days a week. 

Stress Management

A medical diagnosis can easily cause an added element of stress to life. Everyone handles stress differently so it's important to recognize what tips work for you. Here are a few tips from our care team:

  • Declutter and organize your physical space
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep
  • Talk to a counselor, support group, or trusted friend or spouse
  • Light exercise 
  • Get outdoors
  • Take a break from social media and/or digital devices
  • Laugh!
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol or nicotine 

For additional help managing stress talk with your physician or patient navigator. 

Yoga

These yoga classes are designed specifically for patients who have been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. The classes are taught by certified yoga instructors, are free to survivors and will be offered weekly. The focus of the class is on stretching and strengthening with special attention to areas affected by treatment for breast cancer. If you have any questions about whether this class is right for you, please talk to your medical provider and feel free to call us to discuss your concerns.

Classes are offered Tuesdays at 4:30 pm and Fridays at 1:30 pm in the auditoriums. No RSVP is required, but call 505.727.6933 to ensure class time and location has not changed.

Please bring a yoga mat if you have one; a limited number of loaner mats will be available.