Research shows that mindfulness-based interventions can decrease cancer-related emotional distress, fatigue, pain, and nausea while improving sleep and an overall sense of well-being.
Nurture a happier self with gratitude, practicing the recognition of positive aspects of your life to distract from your misfortunes.
Optimism is a hopeful, positive outlook on the future, yourself, and the world around you. It's a key part of resilience, the inner strength that helps you in tough times.
Laughter can shift your mind from medical memories and worries to the present moment. It also increases endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical, which helps decrease physical pain.
Apps for your mobile phone can be helpful in improving mind-body habits because they offer convenient programs, built-in encouragement, and timely, motivational reminders. In choosing an app, consider your budget and the content developer’s training and credentials; you'll want to make sure the strategies used are evidence-based.
Most apps have a free-trial period and then offer a subscription, while some are entirely free of charge. Please contact the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute social work department at your care location for further guidance in finding a mobile app to support your mind-body wellness.