Walking For Health
– Supported by ‘Lets Walk Cymru’. The group meet in various locations around Llandrindod, Builth and Rhayader. The walks are 1-2 miles and on flat or gentle tarmac inclines. A cup of tea and refreshments and a chance to chat follow each walk. Leaders are trained volunteers and a health care professional and trained first aider are always present.
If you would like to join the group please have a chat with Helen or Linda. Being active during and after cancer treatment can “reduce side effects, improve quality of life, reduce tiredness, give you more strength, reduce depression and anxiety, help look after bones and heart and keep healthy weight” Macmillan Cancer Support – Get Active,Feel Good
Before starting it is a good idea to check with your doctor, particularly if you have had chemotherapy, if you have thinning bones or cancer that affects your bones, lymphoedema, just had surgery, have heart problems or have a intravenous line in place. Macmillan have produced some guidelines relating to being active and cancer, please ask Vicky Jones in the information hub at The Trust for details.
Relaxation and Visualisation
One of the simplest relaxation techniques is the use of visualisation. Visualising yourself in a calm, quiet, beautiful place can be a powerful tool for reducing anxiety and turning off the body’s stress response. Visualisation for relaxation is a way of placing yourself in a beautiful relaxed setting, whenever you need to go there, no airfare or mountain climbing required.
Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese martial art and exercise system, thought to have originated in Taoist monasteries on Wudang Mountain. It benefits health and fitness. ‘Tai Chi’ is sometimes translated as ‘supreme ultimate’ or ‘great polarity’ and ishand form, a gentle exercise system which promotes health and relaxation expressed in the symbol of yin and yang. A universal force composed of the powers of yin and yang is central to taoist philosophy. ‘ Tai chi relies on technique, balance and softness. It is suitable for all ages and can be practised martially with a view to its applications for self-defence, or with the focus on the tai chi.
Knit & Natter
The ‘knit and Natter’ group meet on alternate Tuesdays from 1.30 onwards. All that is required is an interest in knitting and a willingness to be part of a group, it isn’t even necessary to knit if you don’t feel up to it!
For those husbands whose wives would like to come along to the group tea and coffee is available and a chance to socialise with other men or sit quietly and read the newspaper. Knitting may actually help your recovery, see link below: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2238324/Knitting-way-life-crisis-How-writer-fought-cancer-using-unlikely-survival-technique.html
Gardening for health
The group meets approximately every 12 weeks for a discussion on a gardening themed topic, with a guest speaker providing expert advice. There is evidence to suggest gardening can be a beneficial activity for people who are affected by cancer. Last year in conjunction with ‘The federation for city farms and gardens’ and ‘Get Growing’ a raised bed was assembled.
The gardening group grow a small number of vegetables, strawberries and herbs in the bed which are used as ingredients for our social lunch or by members of the group. The group is quite informal and new members are always welcome. Please see posters on the table in the meet and greet area at the Trust or have a chat with Helen for details of the next meeting. Three in four gardeners living with cancer that we talked to say that gardening during and after treatment helped them manage feelings of depression and sadness, according to research by Macmillan Cancer Support and the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) published 6 June 2012. An online survey of 41 gardeners living with cancer found that four in five say that gardening helps reduce stress and anxiety, and helps take their mind off treatment. Gardening also had a positive impact on the cancer patients’ physical well-being. Over half say that it helps to give them more energy while one in three say that it helps manage fluctuations in their weight as a result of treatment. Macmillan’s previous research showed that moving more during and after cancer treatment can help people living with cancer take back control of their life, reduce treatment related side-effects like fatigue, lower the chances of them getting other long term conditions and help reduce the risk of some cancers recurring.
Caroline Fox, 66, from Hertfordshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and five years later with cancer of the appendix. She turned to gardening as a way of helping her recover from the physical and emotional side effects of her diagnosis and subsequent treatment, “I discovered that gardening was a teacher. It taught me to be patient and to trust. Most importantly, gardening was a way of showing that I could believe in tomorrow. I did feel depressed and physically weak as a result of chemotherapy treatment but gardening changed all that. As I slowly nurtured and transformed it, a gentle symbiosis took place. My garden nurtured and restored me in return.”
Macmillan is able to support you to get into or back into physical activity visit www.macmillan.org.uk/movemore or discuss with one of the nurse at The Bracken Trust.
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