Wellbeing and Self-care

August 25th 2021

Presented by Alex Turner and Markus Heimpel, Wellbeing Consultants, Penny Brohn UK


Alex and Markus’ top tips from the session were:
1. Tend to yourself – give yourself 5 mins a day of self-touch/ self-massage
2. Find moments of stillness – either sitting, standing or lying, notice your breath, the sounds, the breeze, and sensations in your body
3. Dance, to at least one song a day – get the hips and pelvic area moving

Download a copy of their top tips here.

Coping with Advanced Disease

August 18th 2021

Presented by Allon Stokes, Counselling Lead, Penny Brohn UK


Allon’s top tips from today’s session:

1. Look at the things you can control or change
2. Plan things to look forward to
3. Be kind to yourself – what would you say to a best friend in your situation?
Download a copy of Allon’s top tips here.

Prostate Cancer and the benefits of Physical Activity

August 11th 2021

Presented by Alisa Burke, Physical Activity Lead, Penny Brohn UK


Alisa’s top tips from today’s session:

1. Always start slowly and build up in steps
2. Listen to your body and what it is telling you
3. If motivation is an issue, do schedule your practises and maybe ask someone to hold you to account
Why don’t you download a copy of Alisa’s top tips and stick it on your fridge? You can do so here.

Building Resilience

August 4th 2021

Presented by Dr Catherine Zollman, Medical Lead, Penny Brohn UK


Catherine’s tips from the session:

1.Remember that research now shows that there are lots of things you can do, alongside your cancer treatment, that can make a positive difference to how you feel, and to whether and how fast your cancer progresses

2.Keep your immune system in good shape by:

    • including a variety of different coloured vegetables and fruit each day
    • enjoying some regular exercise (find something you like doing)
    • getting some support if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed
    • making sure you are not deficient in Vitamin D (ask your doctor for a blood test – or take a 1000-2000IU supplement/day)
    • getting enough good quality sleep
    • keeping to a healthy weight for you

3.If an activity or a way of eating is enjoyable and makes you feel better in yourself – chances are that it is helping your immune system to fight cancer cells too!

4.You don’t need to do all of these things all at once – start with the thing(s) that will be easiest to achieve and gradually add other things as and when you can.

5.It is often easier to keep going with a new habit if you are doing it with someone else or as part of your daily routine.

6.Complementary therapies, like acupuncture and massage, can be used alongside your cancer treatment to help with problems like insomnia, hot flushes, pain, low mood, stress. Try a few different therapies to see what feels good and what works best for you.

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