TOOLS FOR INSPIRATION: MIND AND BODY
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking."
What is Wellness?
Wellness is a journey towards better health. The whole person is emphasized, and there is an integration of one’s mind, body and spirit. Wellness is characterized by optimal levels of spiritual, social, physical and emotional functioning.
The individual adopts lifestyle choices that assist you to achieve your highest potential for well being. Occupational therapists are licensed professionals who are specially trained to assess physical, psychological and cognitive status. They can help you achieve your wellness goals by identifying barriers to your health and helping you develop habits and behaviors that improve quality of life, foster happiness and prevent disease.
Occupational therapists can look at your daily life activities and recommend ways to achieve a balance between work, sleep, family, exercise and leisure.
Use this wellness inventory
to see how you are doing and where you can make some changes towards better health and well being.
Mindful Techniques For Daily Living
Naomi Aaronson MA OTR/L CHT
Recovercises is an opportunity for me to give back to people living with cancer. I am not a cancer survivor, but have had the privilege of loving someone who has learned to live with cancer for 10 years. Although challenged by this disease, my partner has regained control and well being by being a potent advocate for patient education along with nutrition and mindfulness techniques. I hope that I can help you to learn some skills which will educate as well as empower you. It is an honor to have worked with the many cancer survivors who have learned to live fully, as they have learned to live with cancer.
When living with cancer or any other chronic disease, one needs time to just "be." To relax and replenish the body, mind and soul is a gift to oneself. How many of us allow ourselves this opportunity? Here are two methods that can help you achieve a state of "being in the moment." I admit that this is not easy, but it can have a profound impact on ones life. Be aware that you may develop cognizance of new thought processes. If you are not successful at first, just slowly start over. Have compassion for yourself and don't get discouraged. Give yourself this gift of health. You deserve it!!
1) Sitting meditation - Close your eyes and bring awareness to your breath. Feel your stomach and chest expand as you inhale and deflate as you exhale. Wherever your mind wanders, let it go and bring attention back to your breath. Try this technique for 5 minutes gradually extending the time that you can engage in this process to 20 minutes.
2) Loving kindness - Close your eyes and choose a few phrases that are positive and loving to yourself and others. The traditional phrases are as follows: " May I be safe/ May I be happy/ May I be healthy/ May I live with ease." You will feel compassion and love for all beings as you do so. Breathe in and out deeply as you say these words silently to yourself.
DEEP BREATHING TECHNIQUE
This exercise will help you breathe away pain and discomfort and facilitate your ability to relax during stressful medical procedures.
Be sure to relax your neck and shoulders first with the shoulder raises and rotations
Place hands on abdomen to feel the rise and fall of the abdomen. Your abdomen should fill up with air as you inhale and deflate as you exhale.
Inhale slowly through the nose, into the neck, throat, chest, and the ribcage.
You feel the ribs expand into the waist and navel as the abdomen expands.
As you exhale your abdomen will deflate.
Start with a slow count of 5 to inhale and 5 counts to exhale.
It might take some time and practice to master this technique.
The above exercise and many more can be found in the book "Pilates for Breast Cancer Survivors."
These exercises can help you to regain mobility and strength.
Consult with your physician before beginning this or any exercise program.
Naomi Aaronson assumes no responsibility for any injury that may result from participating in this program.
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