Meditation is known to have a positive effect on the emotional and psychological impact cancer has on its survivors. Some recent studies have also suggested that mindfulness also strongly impacts the physical bodies of cancer survivors, with effects extending to a cellular level.
According to researchers at the Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary, breast cancer patients that practice meditation experience positive cellular changes within their bodies. The study shows that telomeres were longer in the group of women who participated in mindfulness compared with survivors who didn’t undergo these interventions.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is an age-old practice from the eastern world that helps people to stay aware in the present moment. Regular practice leads to clarity, insight, serenity, and improves the wellbeing of the mind and body.
There are many different forms of mediations that can help cancer patients; from mindful meditation, to meditation that relives stress and anxiety.
How to Meditate
Find a comfortable position on the floor. You can use a mat or cushion to help prop your body up. Sit cross-legged and place your hands on your lap. Focus on your breath. Count for every inhale you take. If your mind begins to wander, allow it to, but gently pull your attention back to the breath.
If you find that meditating alone is difficult, find a group that hosts guided meditation practices. Many hospitals offer these types of services to help cancer patients and survivors.
A Lifetime of Help
Here at LifeCredit, we want you to not only be mindful of your life, but mindful of your finances. That is why we provide loans for cancer patients to help lift the burden of treatment expenses. For over a decade, we have helped thousands of people all over the country find the peace of mind needed during this difficult time. Being able to go the extra mile and also provide funding for alternative therapies such as meditation for cancer patients is something we take great pride in.
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