The Stephen and Barbara Slaggie Cancer Education Center, located in Rochester, Minnesota, offers classes to help reduce stress after a cancer diagnosis. Key topics covered in classes are available below for you to review at a time that is convenient. You are invited to stop by the center for additional class offerings, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Gonda Building, lobby level. All classes are free and do not require a provider referral. We look forward to seeing you!
Cancer, like all serious illnesses, elicits a high level of the stress response. These educational material offerings provide an opportunity for patients and caregivers to understand how our body responds in these situations as well as provide or demonstrate various tools for relaxation and renewal techniques for physical, emotional or spiritual needs.
When you encounter challenges and stressors, you may experience a variety of significant emotions. Perhaps you have found yourself more irritable or crying more easily. Some people find themselves struggling with more anxiety or depression. It is not usual to find it challenging to be positive when confronted with a significant diagnosis. These resources may help you deal with some of those difficult emotions. It is always a good idea to talk with your health care provider if your emotions make it challenging to do your daily activities. These resources may be helpful as well:
When our mind senses a stressful situation, our body typically responds with a fight or flight response. This may be helpful at times but it may also cause unwanted effort by various organs and systems throughout our body. You may have noticed an increase in your heart rate or breathing when you feel stressed, but there are other responses that are also signs you are responding to a stressor: dry mouth, sweaty palms, changes in bowel frequency are just a few of the ways our body may react. When you are aware of how you respond, you have an opportunity to take measures to engage relaxation techniques to reduce your stress hormones. These resources provide guidance into healthy lifestyle behaviors that may reduce the physical impact of a stress response.
Stressful situations may cause you to spend time, energy and resources on those activities and situations that are not within your control. Because they are important, it is natural to frequently think about them and even ruminate on all the possible outcomes that could happen. Redirecting our thoughts to those things that are important to us and within our control is a helpful stress management technique. These resources may be valuable guides for that practice and others.
Here is a video from Mayo Clinic chaplain, Lora Burge walking you through breathing, relaxation and guided imagery. You can experience this in person in our Strengthening Healing: Breathing and Relaxation Exercise class.
Did you find this helpful? Here are links to other classes: