Cancer patients offered free relaxation classes to help battle stress

The Far West Local Health District Cancer Services is offering free relaxation classes to help cancer patients deal with stress during their treatment.

Stress is an everyday fact of life and can’t be avoided. It arises from any change you must adapt to, from a negative extreme like escaping physical danger to the exhilaration of falling in love or achieving a long term goal.

Garry Halliday, Psycho-Oncology Counsellor with the Broken Hill Cancer Service points out that sometime stress can become a problem for good health.

Mr Halliday said: “That for people with a cancer diagnosis, their carers and family, it is natural to experience stress and anxiety. But sometimes this can be so severe as to get in the way of effective treatment”.

“Fortunately there are relaxation techniques which have proven to be effective if you make them part of your daily routine. Broken Hill Cancer Services is offering free classes to teach three of these techniques,” said Mr Halliday.

These classes include:

  • Diaphragm breathing on Wednesday, 8 June;
  • Progressive Body Tension and Relaxation on Wednesday, 15 June; and
  • Mindfulness on Wednesday, 22 June.

Each class will operate for 2 hours from 10am. They are available to anyone impacted by cancer.

For more information about venue and to book for the classes please RSVP to Garry Halliday on 8080 1577 and leave a message.


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